Perlaza Slam Powers Cubs to Victory at Salt River Fields

Yonathan Perlaza slugged a grand slam, Alexander Guerra singled and scored, drove-in two runs with two sacrifice flies, and threw-out a runner attempting to steal, Cam Balego collected three singles, and SP Brailyn Marquez hurled five innings of two-hit shutout ball, leading the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.  

Danny Edgeworth belted a two-run triple and scored a run in a losing cause for the Rockies. 

In EXST Cubs roster news, RHRP Jeffrey Passantino and RHRP Garrett Kelly have been moved-up to South Bend from Extended Spring Training, and RHP Benjamin Rodriguez and SS Fabian Pertuz have been sent to the Cubs Dominican Academy (they were assigned to DSL Cubs #1) from Extended Spring Training. 

In Cubs Dominican Academy medical news, DSL Cubs #2 LHP Andres Bonalde underwent elbow surgery last month (not sure if it was TJS or something else) and will miss the 2018 season. 

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

1. Fernando Kelli, CF: 0-5 (K, 5-3, L-9, F-8, 6-2 FC)
2. Jonathan Sierra, DH #1: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, BB, BB, E-5, 2 R)
3. Carlos Pacheco, LF: 2-5 (1B, 3-U, K, 2B, K)
4. Alexander Guerra, C: 1-2 (F-8 SF, 1B, K, F-8 SF, R, 2 RBI)
5. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 1-3 (K, 1B, L-4, BB, R)
6. Luis Vazquez, SS: 1-3 (F-8, 1B, BB, 4-3, R)
7. Yonathan Perlaza, 3B: 1-3 (F-9, HR, F-8, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI)
8. Cam Balego, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 1B, 6-3 DP, 1B)
9. Fidel Mejia, DH #2: 1-4 (6-4 FC, L-6, 4-3, 1B, R, RBI)
10. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-4 (K, 1B, 6-3, K)

1. Brailyn Marquez: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 WP, 6/6 GO/AO, 59 pitches (34 strikes) 
2. Didier Vargas: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (3 ER), 5 BB, 0 K, 1 GIDP, 4/5 GO/AO, 60 pitches (30 strikes) 
3. Fauris Guerrero: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 

SS Luis Vazquez: E-6 (throwing error allowed batter reach base safely) 

Alexander Guerra: 1-1 CS 


WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 


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