Hernandez Drops a Bomb at Sloan Park

Brennon Lund belted a two-run HR, Gabriel Rodriguez doubled twice and scored a run, and SP Jorge Marcheco tossed three innings of one-hit shutout ball with five strikeouts, as the Angels defeated the Cubs 8-6 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. 

Cristian Hernandez crushed a 440-foot solo HR high up onto the left-centerfield berm, walked, and drove-in a run with a sacrifice fly, Rafael Morel singled twice and knocked-in a run, Flemin Bautista laced a two-run triple and scored a run, and Grayson Byrd doubled, walked, and scored two runs for the Cubs in losing cause.  

LHP Jack Patterson (on AA Tennessee 7-day IL - March 2021 TJS) got the start for the Cubs and went two innings (36 pitches - 17 strikes, 3/0 GO/AO), allowing two runs (one earned), one hit (one of Gabriel Rodriguez's doubles), and four walks. He fanned two (both swinging, the last two men he faced), and induced an inning-ending GIDP in his first inning of work. He also committed a balk. Patterson threw mostly an 88-91 MPH FB with sinking action, mixed with with a few 79-82 MPH CV and one 84 MPH CH. He had a lot of trouble commanding his FB, and so he mainly threw his CV when he needed a strike.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  
1a. Pedro Ramirez, 2B: 0-2 (K, 4-3) 
1b. Josue Huma, PH-DH: 1-1 (1B)  
1c. Flemin Bautista, PH-RF: 1-2 (3B, K, R, 2 RBI)
2. Cristian Hernandez, SS: 2-3 (1B, HR, K, F-9 SF, R, 2 RBI, PO) 
3a. Moises Ballesteros, C: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, 5-3) 
3b. Ronnier Quintero, C: NO AB 
4. Grayson Byrd, DH #1: 1-3 (K, 2B, K, BB, 2 R) 
5. Rafael Morel, 3B-DH: 2-4 (L-9, 1B, K, 1B, RBI)
6. Felix Stevens, 1B: 1-3 (F-9, L-7, 1B, BB) 
7. Frank Hernandez, LF: 0-4 (K, F-7, 4-3, 4-U FC, RBI)
8a. Anderson Suriel, RF: 0-1 (6-3, BB)
8b. Reivaj Garcia, PH-3B: 0-2 (L-6, 6-4-3 DP) 
9. Christian Olivo, DH-2B: 0-2 (K, HBP, BB, P-4, R, SB)  
10. Brayan Altuve, CF: 0-3 (K, K, BB, F-7, R, SB) 

1. Jack Patterson: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 1 BALK, 1 GIDP, 3/0 GO/AO, 36 pitches (17 strikes) 
2. Jose Romero: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP, 1 BALK, 5/0 GO/AO, 35 pitches (23 strikes) 
3. Starlyn Pichardo: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 0 K, 2 WP, 1/3 GO/AO, 33 pitches (13 strikes) 
4. Angel Hernandez: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 22 pitches (16 strikes) 
5. Wilfri Figuereo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO,13 pitches (7 strikes) 

2B Pedro Ramirez: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base attempting to turn DP allowed runner to score from 3rd)

Moises Ballesteros: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 80's 


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