Cubs Bang Out Five Two-Baggers En Route to Victory at Fitch Park
Andrelton Simmons singled twice, walked, and scored a run, Rafael Morel drilled a two-run double and an RBI single, walked, and stole a base, Brayan Altuve laced a double and an RBI single and scored a run, and Moises Ballesteros roped an RBI double, walked, and scored a run, helping the Cubs come from behind to edge the Athletics 8-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morining on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Darlyn Montero ripped an RBI single and an RBI double and drew a walk for the A's in a losing cause.
Cubs and A's pitchers combined to issue 19 walks and throw nine wild pitches.
The game was called after eight innings of play.
In Cubs EXST news, OF Cole Roederer (July 2021 TJS) has completed his Mesa rehab assignment and has been temporarily assigned to Lo-A Myrtle Beach. He will be moved up to Hi-A South Bend once the weather warms up. Also, 1B-OF Felix Stevens (on the Myrtle Beach 7-day IL since April 15th) has reported to Mesa for a rehab assignment.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Andrelton Simmons, DH #1: 2-2 (1B, 1B, BB, R)
1b. Miguel Pabon, PH: 1-1 (1B)
2. Rafael Morel, 3B: 2-3 (F-7, 1B, 2B, BB, 3 RBI, SB)
3. Pedro Ramirez, DH #2: 1-4 (F-8, K, 1B, 4-3 DP, R, SB)
4. Cristian Hernandez, SS: 0-4 (L-5, K, F-9, 1-3)
5a. Moises Ballesteros,C: 1-2 (E-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI)
5b. Dilan Granadillo, C: 0-1 (4-3)
6. Grayson Byrd, 1B: 0-2 (BB, BB, K, F-8, R)
7. Felix Stevens, DH #3: 0-2 (K, BB, K)
8a. Frank Hernandez, LF: 0-1 (6-3 DP, HBP, RBI)
8b. Cristian More, LF: 1-1 (1B, R, SB)
9. Brayan Altuve, CF: 2-3 (2B, 1-4-3 DP, 1B, R, RBI)
10a. Christian Olivo, 2B: 1-2 (2B, 5-3, R, RBI)
10b. Carlos Morfa, RF: 1-1 (2B, CS)
11a. Anderson Suriel, RF: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, R)
11b. Joanfran Rojas, 2B: 0-0 (BB)
1. Luke Farrell: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R (4 ER), 5 BB, 3 K, 3 WP, 0/1 GO/AO, 72 pitches (37 strikes)
2. Angel Hernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 3 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 27 pitches (13 strikes)
3. C. D. Pelham: 1.1 IP, 1 H,. 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1/3 GO/AO, 20 pitches (8 strikes)
4. Brendon Little: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
5. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 34 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. C Moises Ballesteros: E-2 (errant throw to 1st base allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. 2B Christian Olivo: E-4 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Moises Ballesteros: 1 PB, 1 E (see above)
CUBS OUTFIELD ASSIST:
CF Brayan Altuve - runner thrown out 8-6-2 attempting to score from 1st base on a double (middleman relay by SS Christian Hernandez)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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