Cubs & Diamondbacks Split a Pair at Talking Stick

Jorge Perez rifled a two-run triple to highlight a three-run 3rd, Connor Owings drilled a two-run single in the 4th, and Luke Lowery ripped a two-run double in the 5th, leading the Diamondbacks to an 8-5 victory over the Cubs on Quail Field, and Chris Dominguez slugged a two-run HR in the 4th to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead and Andruw Monasterio followed an inning later with an RBI single, as the Cubs rallied to edge the Diamondbacks 4-3 on Whirlwind Field, in Cactus League Extended Spring Training doubleheader action Saturday morning at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Both games were pre-planned as seven-inning affairs. 

Kevin Zamudio and Christopher Morel each clubbed a two-run HR in the top of the 4th on Quail Field as the Cubs rallied to take a 4-3 lead in the "A" game, and then after the D'backs plated two runs in bottom of the 4th on the Owings two-run single to go ahead 5-4, Yovanny Cuevas belted a game-tying solo HR for the Cubs in the top of the 5th. The Diamondbacks then took advantage of three Cubs errors in the bottom of the 5th to score three unearned runs off unlucky reliever David Garner that provided the Snakes with their margin of victory. 

Francis Martinez hammered a solo HR in the bottom of the 1st to put the Diamondbacks on the board in the "B" game on Whirlwind Field, but the Dominguez two-run HR and the Monasterio RBI single turned the game in the Cubs favor in the 4th & 5th, and RHRP Elvis Diaz sealed the deal for the Cubs with an easy eight-pitch save.   

In EXST roster news, CF Jacob Hannemann (March 2017 right knee injury) has completed his EXST rehab assignment and has rejoined the AA Tennessee Smokies. Hannemann hit a robust 333/455/722 in six Cactus League EXST games (22 PA), collecting three doubles, four walks, two SB, three RBI, two runs scored, and two sacrifice bunts. He struck out only twice in the 22 PA.   

Also, 21-year old LHP Jose MacDonna (2015 IFA - Dominican Republic) made his U. S. debut in the game on Whirlwind Field. The lanky lefty allowed a run on two hits and a walk in one inning of work. 

The Cubs are 7-4 through their first eleven Cactus League EXST games. 

Here are the abridged box scores from the two games (Cubs players only): 


1. Zach Davis, CF: 0-3 (L-8, F-8, K)
2. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-3 (6-3, K, 6-3)
3. Michael Cruz, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 1B, F-8, R)
4. Kevin Zamudio, DH #1: 2-3 (F-8, HR, 1B, R, 2 RBI)
5. Joe Martarano, LF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-6, R)
6. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-3 (F-8, HR, K, R, 2 RBI)
7. Carlos Diaz, C: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, F-8)
8. Edgar Rondon, SS: 0-3 (K, 4-3, 3-U) 
9. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 1-2 (F-8, HR, BB, R, RBI)
10. Richard Nunez, DH #2: 0-3 (5-3, L-6, F-7)

1. Tyler Peyton: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 31 pitches (21 strikes) 
2. Hector Garcia: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R (5 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1 PO, 1/0 GO/AO, 44 pitches (22 strikes) 
3. Holden Cammack: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 7 pitches (6 strikes) 
4. David Garner: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 PO, 1/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (27 strikes) 

1. SS Edgar Rondon: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. LF Joe Maratarano: E-7 (fell flat on his face & dropped pop fly allowing batter to reach base safely) 
3. C Carlos Diaz: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 3rd base allowed runner to score) 

Carlos Diaz: 1-1 CS,  1 E (see above) 

Joe Martarano - thrown out 7-2 attempting to score from 2nd base on single to LF 



X. Chris Dominguez, 1B: 2-5 (6-3, 1B, HR, K, 6-3, R, 2 RBI)
NOTE: Dominguez batted 3rd in the 1st & 2nd innings, 2nd in the 4th & 7th, and led-off the 6th
1. Andruw Monasterio, 2B: 1-2 (BB, 3-2 FC, 1B, RBI, PO)
2. Aramis Ademan, SS: 1-3 (L-8, 1B, F-8, R)
3. Rafael Mejia, DH #1: 0-3 (K, F-8, 5-3)
4. Miguel Amaya, DH #2: 0-2 (BB, F-7, F-8)
5. Gustavo Polanco, C: 0-3 (F-9 DP, 4-3, F-8)
6. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (E-4, K, F-7, R)
7. Ruben Reyes, LF: 0-1 (BB, 4-3)
8. Rafael Narea, 3B: 0-0 (BB, HBP, R)
9. Fernando Kelli, CF: 1-2 (5-4 FC, 1B, RBI)

1. Jesus Camargo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (15 strikes)
2. Jose MacDonna: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 14 pitches (8 strikes) 
3  Yapson Gomez: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 PO, 0/2 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes) 
4. Fauris Guerrero: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 1 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 26 pitches (12 strikes) 
5. Elvis Diaz: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 8 pitches (7 strikes) 


Miguel Amaya - thrown out 9-2 attempting to score from 3rd base on F-9 FO

ATTENDANCE: 34 (both fields combined) 
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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