The Cubs climbed three games in the NL Central standings by sweeping the first-place Pirates. Having forestalled deadline seller status for now, they'll greet the 43-25 soaring O's for another three game set at Wrigley. Bellinger returned already to reinforce the offense, and Steele is expected to make his return to the rotation as well. See below for matchups.
Game 69, Friday, June 16, 1:20 pm central
CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-2, 3.09 ERA)
BAL: LHP Cole Irvin (1-2, 7.85 ERA)
The Cubs ended their trip to San Francisco on a low note despite coming a few outs short of a no-hitter the previous day. They return to Wrigley and NL Central opponents as they take on the 34-30 Pirates. The Pirates have clung to a surprising lead in the NL Central, now leading the Brewers by one game. See below for matchups (such as they stand).
Game 66, Tuesday, June 13, 7:05 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (1-4, 7.02 ERA)
PIT: RHP Luis Ortiz (1-2, 4.23 ERA)
Game 67, Wednesday, June 14, 7:05 pm central
The Cubs were no match for Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani and suffered a sweep in Anaheim as a result. They'll turn northward and try their luck in San Francisco next. The Giants enter the series 32-30 to the Cubs 26-36. See below for matchups.
Game 63, Friday, June 9, 9:15 pm central
SFG: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (4-5, 3.97 ERA)
CHC: RHP Marcus Stroman (6-4, 2.39 ERA)
The Cubs continue their tour of the West Coast with a stop in Anaheim. The Angels enter the series in third in the NL West, while the Cubs can console themselves that they still have a better record than the Cardinals--and that no one is really out of the NL Central "race" yet. The Cubs will dodge their 2024 Opening Day starter and primary DH question mark, Shohei Ohtani. See below for matchups.
Game 60, Tuesday, June 6, 8:38 pm central
LAA: LHP Tyler Anderson (2-1, 5.47 ERA)
CHC: RHP Hayden Wesneski (2-2, 4.81 ERA)
2023 Cubs Cactus League Extended Spring Training - Final Stats
There is no Official Scorer at Cactus League Extended Spring Training games, so all stats are unofficial
Geuri Lubo (RBI triple), Dilan Granadillo (RBI single), and Jefferson Rojas (RBI single) contributed run scoring hits to highlight a four-run 9th inning, and closer Gabriel Agrazal struck out Cristian Garcia (swinging) with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the lead (and the victory), as the Cubs rallied from an early 6-0 deficit to score three in the 7th and four in the 9th and then held on to edge the Angels 8-7 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday evening at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
Daniel Amaral (son of long-time MLB INF-OF Rich Amaral) reached base five times (a single in the 1st, an RBI double in the 3rd, a two-run double in the 5th, a two-run single in the 6th, and a walk in the 7th), collected five RBI, stole two bases, and scored a run, Cuba Bess tripled, walked three times, and scored a run, Francisco Ortiz belted a double, reached base on an HBP, and scored two runs, Juan Castillo ripped an RBI double and scored a run and collected another RBI with a sacrifice fly, SP Manuel Olivares hurled three innings of shutout ball, and the Rockies took advantage of twelve
The Cubs did a solid impression of a winning team, taking two of three from the Rays and coming up a few innings of relief shy of a sweep. They enjoy a day off today and begin again in San Diego. See below for matchups in this four-game series.
Game 53, Friday, June 2, 8:40 pm central
CHC: RHP Jameson Taillon (0-3, 8.04 ERA)
SDP: RHP Michael Wacha (5-1, 3.45 ERA)
Game 54, Saturday, June 3, 9:10 pm central
CHC: LHP Drew Smyly (5-2, 3.45 ERA)
SDP: RHP Yu Darvish (3-4, 4.61 ERA)
Ismael Mena, Ed Howard, and Adan Sanchez stroked run scoring singles to highlight a three-run 3rd, Christopher Paciolla belted a solo HR, and Luis Devers, Drew Gray, Kenyi Perez, Scott Kobos, and Gleiber Morales combined to hurl a three-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts, as the Cubs blanked the Angels 4-0 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Tuesday evening on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
EXST CUBS LINEUP:
Anthony Scull drilled a solo HR and a single, Luis Eduardo Rodriguez belted two triples, scored a run, and drove-in another, and SP Carson Fulmer and five relievers combined to spin a three-hitter, helping the Angels defeat the Cubs 7-3 in a Cactus League Extended Spring Training game played Monday evening at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe, AZ.
Jefferson Rojas ripped a monster two-run HR high over the LF fence and onto Westcourt Way to account for two of the three Cub runs (the other run scored as the result of a bases loaded HBP). The Cubs also stole six bases.