Cubs Soar Past Angels at Diablo

Jonathan Soto (RBI single) and Abraham Rodriguez (two-run double) drilled consecutive two-out run-scoring hits in the top of the 3rd inning, Josue Huma (RBI double) and Rafael Mejia (sacrifice fly) knocked-in runs in a three-run 4th (the other run scored on a WP), and Luis Diaz singled, doubled, reached base on an HBP, and scored a run, leading the Cubs to a 7-4 victory over the Angels in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Diablo Stadium Complex in Tempe, AZ. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1a. Luis Diaz, 3B: 2-2 (HBP, 2B, 1B, R)
1b. Henderson Perez, PH-C: 0-1 (K)
2a. Jonathan Soto, C: 2-3 (6-4-3 DP, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
2b. Orian Nunez, 3B: 0-0 (BB)
3a. Abraham Rodriguez, DH #1: 2-3 (2B, 2B, 5-4-3 DP, 2 RBI)
3b. Richard Nunez, PH: 0-1 (K)
4. Chris Carrier, LF: 0-2 (F-8, HBP, L-8, HBP, PO)
5. Luis Verdugo, DH-SS: 0-3 (F-9, BB, E-3, 3-1, 2 R)
6. Josue Huma, SS-DH: 1-3 (L-4, 2B, BB, K, R, RBI)
7a. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-3 (K, 1B, K, R)
7b. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-1 (P-3)
8. Rafael Mejia, 1B: 1-3 (F-8, F-8 SF, 4-1, 2B, RBI)
9a. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-2 (K, K)
9b. Ruben Reyes, PH-RF: 0-1 (BB, 6-3)
10. Ramsey Romano, 2B: 0-2 (BB, K, BB, F-8, R)

1. Emilio Ferrebus: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 1 PO, 2/0 GO/AO, 19 pitches (9 strikes) 
2. Jesus Tejada: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 24 pitches (15 strikes)
3. Sean Barry: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 15 pitches (9 strikes)
4. Peyton Remy: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/2 GO/AO, 34 pitches (21 strikes) 
5. Ivan Medina: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 25 pitches (15 strikes) 

P Emilio Ferrebus: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)  

Henderson Perez: 1-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures 100+ 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 


Phil, I know Tejada had a nice season in the DR last years. How does he look?

HAGSAG: Jesus Tejada throws a 91-92 MPH FB, a plus-breaking ball, and he's working on a CH. He also works fast and displays good command of all of his stuff. He should be a SP with one of the two Cubs AZL teams this summer. 

The three best 2017 DSL Cubs pitchers I've seen so far at 2018 EXST are Didier Vargas, Yovanny Cruz, and Jesus Tejada (no particular order). The others show some promise, but I would say those are the top three right now. 

Thanks Phil.

PHIL: Speaking of pitching prospects, what's your feelings on Matt Swarmer, now in AA?

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