Franco and Caldera Provide the Hot Punch at Salt River Fields
Junior Franco tripled and scored and Ricardo Caldera belted a three run home run to highlight a four-run 4th inning, as the Diamonbacks cruised to a 4-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Trent Giambrone is on a Conditioning Assignment at EXST, and he played 3B for the Cubs in the game, batted five times (he led-off each of the first five innings), drew four walks, and scored a run. He also committed a costly throwing error and was caught stealing on the basepaths.
The Cubs played as the home team because the D'backs had a limited number of pitchers available to throw in the game, and the game was called after 6-1/2 innings of play.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only)
X. Trent Giambrone, 3B-DH: 0-1 (E-6, BB, BB, BB, BB, R, CS)
NOTE: Giambrone batted 1st in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings)
1a. Reggie Preciado, SS: 0-2 (3-6 FC, K)
1b. Yeison Santana, SS: 0-1 (6-3 DP)
2. Rafael Morel, 2B-3B: 0-2 (F-8, K, BB, R)
3. Owen Caissie, RF: 1-2 (K, 2B, BB)
4a. Yovanny Cuevas, LF: 0-1 (6-3 DP, BB)
4b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 1-1 (1B)
5a. Ismael Mena, CF: 0-1 (3-1, BB)
5b. Jose O. Lopez, CF: 0-1 (4-3 FC, RBI)
6a. Shendrik Apostel, 1B: 1-2 (1B, K, RBI)
6b. Matt Warkentin, 1B: 0-1 (K)
7a. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-1 (K, BB)
7b. Wally Soto, 2B: 0-1 (P-6)
8. Felix Stevens, DH-LF: 1-2 (2B, K)
1. Tyler Schlaffer: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 41 pitches (30 strikes)
2. Joel Machado: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 4 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 2/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (19 strikes)
3. Alberto Sojo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 3/0 GO/AO, 8 pitches (5 strikes)
4. Johzan Oquendo: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 17 pitches (10 strikes)
5. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 18 pitches (6 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 4
1. 1B Shendrik Apostel: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Reggie Preciado: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
3. SS Reggie Preciado: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
4. 3B Trent Giambrone: E-5 (errant throw on attempted 5-4 FC allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Malcom Quintero: 0-2 CS
2. Miguel Fabrizio: 0-1 CS
ATTENDANCE: N/A (field was closed to the public)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
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