Polanco Leads Cub Offense over A's at Riverview

Gustavo Polanco belted an RBI triple, a double, and a single, and scored two runs, Christopher Morel clobbered a three-run HR, and Jose A. Gonzalez singled, doubled, and scored two runs, leading a Cubs 14-hit attack (including five XBH) en route to a 10-6 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after seven innings of play. 

Jordan Diaz singled twice and doubled and scored a run for the A's in a losing cause. 

In EXST roster news, RHP Jose Albertos has been sent to Extended Spring Training from South Bend. 

Prior to the Cactus League game, RHP Luis Aquino, LHP Jonathan Bruzual, RHP Hector Alonso Garcia, and RHP Yunior Perez squared-off in a multi-inning "sim" game on Field #4. H. Garcia and Y. Perez have been in the Rehab Throwing Program since the start of Minor League Camp in March, and Aquino and Bruzual have been throwing bullpen side-sessions only for the last month. 

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

CUBS LINEUP:
1. Josue Huma, DH #1: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, BB, BB, R)
2a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (5-3, HR, R, 3 RBI)
2b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH-DH: 0-0 (BB, L-8 SF, RBI)
3. Henderson Perez, C: 2-4 (E-5, 1B, 1B, 6-3, R, RBI)
4. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 6-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (FC, F-8 SF, 6-3, 4-3, RBI)
6. Chris Carrier, LF: 2-4 (P-6, 1B, K, 1B, R, RBI, SB, CS)
7. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 1-4 (K, E-6, 5-3, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-4 (F-8, K, F-8, 1B, RBI)
9. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 1-4 (5-3, F-9, 2B, K, R)
10a. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 2-3 (2B, 1B, E-6, 2 R)
10b. Richard Nunez, PH: 0-1 (K) 

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes) 
2. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes) 
4. Casey Ryan: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (25 strikes) 
5. Sean Barry: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 2 
1. P Jeremiah Estrada: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd and another runner to score from 3rd)
2. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Henderson Perez: 1 PB, 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)  

ATTENDANCE: 4 

WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's

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Comments

kinda lost track, but where is corey "spoiled manchild" black these days?

is he injured again?

CRUNCH: Corey Black appeared in a game in Minor League Camp in March but suffered a set-back and was placed back into the Rehab Throwing Program, where he has been now for the last couple of months.

damn, dude can't catch a break with his health. thanks.

Albertos to Mesa is better late than never. You can see his potential but if you're a 19-year old tweaking your motion and working on things like release point and velocity consistency, A-ball is not the place for that. The SB Cubs team is also under pressure, with below-average hitting and what appears to be league-worst infield defense. Trying to carry an 0-5 pitcher can get on everyone's nerves in that context. Jose needs to fix things which are probably fixable, without 3,000 people watching and games on the line. He's reportedly a very good guy and I hope extended ST will be a good re-boot for him, not purgatory or the beginning of the end.

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