A's Pitchers Whitewash Cubs at Fitch Park
SP Mitch Myers (A's 12th round pick in 2021 dtaft) and five relievers combined to toss a four-hit shutout and A's 2021 9th round pick Shane McGuire drilled a PH RBI single to highlight a two-run 5th, as the Athletics blanked the Cubs 2-0 in AZ Instructional League game action Saturday morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ.
Cubs SP Luis Devers hurled three innings of no-run / no-hit ball for the Cubs. Not counting 2021 draft picks who spent time in Mesa during the course of the ACL season, Devers was (by far) the ACL Cubs top pitching prospect, and probably should be considered one of the Cubs Top 15 pitching prospects going into the 2022 season.
As was the case with many ACL games and is the case with most AZIL games, the contest was pre-planned as a seven-inning affair.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
1. Parker Chavers, CF: 1-3 (1B, K, P-6, PO)
2. Ed Howard IV, SS: 0-3 (3-U, 3-1, 4-3)
3. James Triantos, Jr, 2B: 1-3 (2B, 4-3, 4-3)
4. Alexander Canario, LF: 0-3 (K, 1-3, F-8)
5. Yeison Santana, 3B: 1-2 (6-3, 1B, SB, PO)
6. B. J. Murray, 1B: 0-2 (4-3, P-5)
7. Matt Mervis, DH #1: 0-2 (3-1, K)
8. Peter Matt, RF: 1-1 (BB, 1B)
9. Malcom Quintero, C: 0-2 (F-9, F-8)
10. Christian Olivo, DH #2: 0-2 (F-7, 5-3)
1. Luis Devers: 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 3/1 GO/AO, 40 pitches (31 strikes)
2. Angel Gonzalez-Martinez: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 1 K, 1 WP, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (12 strikes)
3. Sheldon Reed: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 3 K, 1 GIDP, 1/0 GO/AO, 35 pitches (25 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. 3B Yeison Santana: E-5 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. P Sheldon Reed: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
3. SS Ed Howard IV: E-6 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Malcom Quintero: 0-2 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's
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