Cubs No-Hit D'backs at Riverview

Cristian Hernandez singled twice, stole two bases, scored the first run of the game, and drove-in the last one, Raino Coran singled twice and knocked-in a run, and Michael Arias, Yovanny Cruz, Dominic Hambley, Elian Almanzar, Yovanny Cabrera, and Alfredo Zarraga combined to hurl a no-run / no-hit game with 15 strikeouts, as the Cubs blanked the Diamondbacks Black squad 2-0 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday night on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.   

Cabrera and Zarraga combined to strike out eight of the last ten men they faced. 

EXST Cubs top pitching prospect Michael Arias saw his first game action in more than three weeks, and threw a 1-2-3 nine-pitch 1st inning to get things started. Arias suffered a lower-body injury in a game at Sloan Park on May 10th when he attempted to cover home plate on a bases loaded wild pitch and stepped awkwardly coming off the mound.  

Cubs catcher Dilan Granadillo replaced starting catcher Moises Ballesteros behind the plate in the top of the 7th inning, but had to leave the game in the 8th after getting hit on the hand with a foul tip.    

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  
1a. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-3 (L-8, K, 3-U) 
1b. Cristian More, CF: 0-1 (4-3)
2. Cristian Hernandez, SS: 2-4 (1B, K, 6-3, 1B, R, RBI, 2 SB) 
3a. Moises Ballesteros, C: 1-3 (F-7, 1B, P-6) 
3b. Dilan Granadillo, C: NO AB 
3c. Miguel Pabon, C: 0-1 (6-3)
4. Raino Coran, RF: 2-3 (1B, 1B, K, RBI)_
5. Pedro Ramirez, 2B-DH: 1-3 (2B, K, 4-3)
6. Rafael Morel, 3B: 0-2 (BB, K, K)
7. Reivaj Garcia, DH-2B: 0-3 (K, K, K) 
8a. Matt Warkentin, 1B: 2-2 (1B, 1B, SB) 
8b. Alejandro Rivero, 1B: 1-1 (2B, R) 
9a. Brayan Altuve, LF: 0-2 (K, K) 
9b. Christian Olivo, LF: 0-1 (P-3)  

1. Michael Arias: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (7 strikes) 
2. Yovanny Cruz: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes) 
3. Dominic Hambley: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 35 pitches (18 strikes) 
4. Elian Almanzar: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 BALK, 0/2 GO/AO, 19 pitches (10 strikes) 
5. Yovanny Cabrera: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 19 pitches (15 strikes) 
6. Alfredo Zarraga: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 1/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (23 strikes) 

1. 2B Pedro Ramirez: E-4 (missed catch on infield pop fly allowed batter to reach base safely) 
2. P Yovanny Cruz: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd) 

1. Moises Ballesteros: 1 PB, 1 PO 
3. Miguel Pabon: 1 PB 

WEATHER: Clear with temperatures in the 90's 



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