Polanco Leads Cub Offense over A's at Riverview
Gustavo Polanco belted an RBI triple, a double, and a single, and scored two runs, Christopher Morel clobbered a three-run HR, and Jose A. Gonzalez singled, doubled, and scored two runs, leading a Cubs 14-hit attack (including five XBH) en route to a 10-6 victory over the Athletics in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Field #5 on John Arguello Way at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after seven innings of play.
Jordan Diaz singled twice and doubled and scored a run for the A's in a losing cause.
In EXST roster news, RHP Jose Albertos has been sent to Extended Spring Training from South Bend.
Prior to the Cactus League game, RHP Luis Aquino, LHP Jonathan Bruzual, RHP Hector Alonso Garcia, and RHP Yunior Perez squared-off in a multi-inning "sim" game on Field #4. H. Garcia and Y. Perez have been in the Rehab Throwing Program since the start of Minor League Camp in March, and Aquino and Bruzual have been throwing bullpen side-sessions only for the last month.
Here is the abridged box score from the Cactus League EXST game (Cubs players only):
1. Josue Huma, DH #1: 1-2 (P-4, 1B, BB, BB, R)
2a. Christopher Morel, 3B: 1-2 (5-3, HR, R, 3 RBI)
2b. Abraham Rodriguez, PH-DH: 0-0 (BB, L-8 SF, RBI)
3. Henderson Perez, C: 2-4 (E-5, 1B, 1B, 6-3, R, RBI)
4. Gustavo Polanco, 1B: 3-4 (1B, 3B, 6-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
5. Luis Verdugo, SS: 0-3 (FC, F-8 SF, 6-3, 4-3, RBI)
6. Chris Carrier, LF: 2-4 (P-6, 1B, K, 1B, R, RBI, SB, CS)
7. Kwangmin Kwon, RF: 1-4 (K, E-6, 5-3, 1B, R, RBI, CS)
8. Orian Nunez, 2B: 1-4 (F-8, K, F-8, 1B, RBI)
9. Ramsey Romano, DH-3B: 1-4 (5-3, F-9, 2B, K, R)
10a. Jose A. Gonzalez, CF: 2-3 (2B, 1B, E-6, 2 R)
10b. Richard Nunez, PH: 0-1 (K)
1. Jeremiah Estrada: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 2/3 GO/AO, 39 pitches (22 strikes)
2. Benjamin Rodriguez: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/1 GO/AO, 38 pitches (17 strikes)
3. Alfredo Colorado: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 0/3 GO/AO, 12 pitches (7 strikes)
4. Casey Ryan: 1.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R (3 ER), 1 BB, 0 K, 3/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (25 strikes)
5. Sean Barry: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 WP, 2/0 GO/AO, 23 pitches (14 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. P Jeremiah Estrada: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd and another runner to score from 3rd)
2. C Henderson Perez: E-2 (errant pick-off attempt at 1st base allowed runner to advance to 2nd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Henderson Perez: 1 PB, 0-1 CS, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny & breezy with temperatures in the 90's
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