A's Rumble Past Cubs at Fitch Park

JaVon Shelby collected four RBI (bases-loaded walk, two-run triple, and RBI GO) and Liam Hendriks and Jose Mora combined to hurl 5.1 IP of one-run ball with nine strikeouts, helping the Athletics thump the Cubs 8-4 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.   

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning affair, but it was extended an extra half-inning so that all of the A's pitchers who were scheduled to throw could get their work. 

Cam Balego was removed from the game after being hit in the head (helmet) with a pitch. He left the field under his own power, but appeared to be a bit woozy. Balego is the second Cub in two days to be hit in the head or face with a pitch.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Josue Huma, DH #1: 0-4 (K, K, 6-3, K)
2a. Luis Diaz, 2B: 0-3 (K, K, F-9)
2b. Orian Nunez, 2B: 0-1 (P-6)
3a. Jonathan Soto, C: 1-2 (K, 1B)
3b. Cam Balego, PH-DH: 0-1 (1B, HBP, R)
3c. Ramsey Romano, PR: NO AB (R)
4. Christopher Morel, 3B: 2-4 (F-9, F-9, 1B, 1B, R, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 2-4 (K, F-8, 1B, 1B, SB) 
6. Henderson Perez, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, BB, K, F-9 SF, R, RBI)
7. Abraham Rodriguez, LF: 1-4 (F-8, K, K, 1B, RBI)
8. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 0-3 (5-3, K, BB, K)
9a. Jose Gutierrez, CF: 1-1 (BB, 1B, RBI)
9b. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 0-0 (BB) 
10. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 0-3 (4-3, K, 4-6 FC) 

1. Yovanny Cruz: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 45 pitches (17 strikes) 
2. Riger Fernandez: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 26 pitches (12 strikes) 
3. Luis Silva: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 2/1 GO/AO, 37 pitches (22 strikes)
4. Eugenio Palma: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 22 pitches (13 strikes) 

2B Orian Nunez: E-4 (dropped pop fly in short RF allowing batter to reach base safely) 

1. Jonathan Soto: 2-3 CS
2. Henderson Perez: 1 PB 

CF Jose A. Gonzalez - batter thrown out 8-6 attempting to stretch single into double


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's


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


SP Yovanny Cruz FB velo was at 93-94 T 95-96 in the game, but he was unable to command the FB or CV. 

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