A's 4th Inning Explosion Too Much for Cubs at Fitch Park
Alexander Campos (RBI double), Jorge Romero (RBI double), and Marcos Betancourt (RBI single) contributed back-to-back-to-back run-scoring hits in a five-run 4th, propelling the Athletics to a 9-2 victory over the Cubs in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Owen Caissie blasted a solo HR (his third in his last two games) and Ismael Mena tripled and scored to account for the two Cub runs. Caissie also singled, so he has now reached base in 15 of his 21 EXST PA (three HR, four doubles, five singles, and three walks, in just seven games).
Cubs SP Tyler Schlaffer easily retired the first ten A's in order (F-9, K, L-7 / K, 5-3, K / L-9, F-7, K / 5-3...) before the roof fell-in -- starting with a walk -- with one out in the 4th.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1a. Ezequiel Pagan, LF: 0-2 (F-9, 4-6 FC)
1b. Yovanny Cuevas, PH-LF: 0-1 (K, BB)
2a. Reggie Preciado, SS-DH: 1-2 (F-8, 2B, BB)
2b. Edgar Gamargo, PH: 1-1 (1B)
3a. Jared Young, 1B: 0-2 (BB, 3-U, 4-3)
3b. Shendrik Apostel, 1B: 0-0 (BB)
4a. Owen Caissie, DH #1: 2-3 (1B, HR, K, R, RBI, PO)
4b. Juan Mora, 3B: 0-1 (K)
5. Rafael Morel, 3B-SS: 0-2 (K, 4-3, HBP)
6a. Ronnier Quintero, C: 1-2 (L-7, 1B)
6b. Miguel Fabrizio, C: 1-1 (1B)
7a. Felix Stevens, RF: 0-2 (5-3, K)
7b. Rafael Herrera, RF: 0-0 (BB)
8a. Ismael Mena, CF: 1-2 (3B, P-5, R)
8b. Jose O. Lopez, CF: 0-1 (P-3 DP)
9a. Widimer Joaquin, 2B: 0-2 (5-3, K, RBI)
9b. Oswaldo Pina, 2B: 0-1 (4-3) .
10. Wally Soto, DH #2: 2-3 (1B, 1B, P-3, SB)
1. Tyler Schlaffer: 3.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 2/4 GO/AO, 60 pitches (35 strikes)
2. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 24 pitches (13 strtkes)
3. Alberto Sojo: 2.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 GIDP, 4/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (16 strikes)
4. Elian Almanzar: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 0 K, 1 WP, 1 GIDP, 1/1 GO/AO, 36 pitches (16 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 1
CF Jose O. Lopez: E-8 (fielding error on bloop single to CF allowed batter to advance to 2nd base)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Ronnier Quintero: 1 PB
2. Miguel Fabrizio: 1-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
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