D'backs Let Their Sticks Do the Talking at Salt River Fields
Kenny Castillo blasted a three-run HR in the bottom of the 1st, Alexander Benua hammered an RBI triple and scored in the 1st, walked in the 3rd, singled, stole two bases, and scored a run in the 6th, and singled and scored in the 8th, Yerald Nin cracked a bases-loaded bases-clearing double in the 8th, and Juan Aparicio singled twice, walked, stole two bases, and scored a run, as the Diamondbacks scored early and often en route to a 13-5 thrashing of the Cubs in Arizona Instructional League game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, east of Scottsdale, AZ.
Yahil Melendez belted a triple leading off the game and scored the first run and then he singled in the 5th, Adan Sanchez drilled three singles and scored two runs, Jose Escobar sliced two oppo-field line-drive doubles into the LF corner and scored a run, and Ed Howard collected two RBI on a pair of sacrifice flies, drew a walk, and stole a base for the Cubs.
D'back pitchers struck out 15 Cub batters, including Jefferson Encarnacion four times and Drew Bowser three times.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
AZIL CUBS LINEUP:
1a. Yahil Melendez, 2B: 2-3 (3B, K, 1B, R)
1b. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-2 (K, L-8)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 0-2 (F-8 SF, 5-3, 6-4-3 DP, BB, F-8 SF, 2 RBI, SB)
3. Carter Trice, DH-C: 0-3 (F-8, K, K, BB, BB)
4. Jefferson Encarnacion, RF: 0-4 (K, K, BB, K, K)
5. Adan Sanchez, C-DH: 3-4 (1B, 1B, K, 1B, 2 R)
6. Drew Bowser, 1B: 1-4 (K, 1B, K, K)
7. Alfonsin Rosario, CF: 1-3 (F-8 SF, 4-6 FC, 1B, K, R, RBI)
8a. Geuri Lubo, 3B: 1-2 (F-8, 1B, RBI)
8b. Reggie Preciado, 3B: 1-2 (2B, K)
9. Jose Escobar, LF: 2-4 (2B, F-9, K, 2B, R)
AZIL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Juan Bello: 2.1 IP, 6 H, 6 R (6 ER), 0 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 HR, 1 BALK, 1/4 GO/AO, 44 pitches (27 strikes)
2. Carlos Garcia: 3.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 6 K, 2/1 GO/AO, 64 pitches (38 strikes)
3. Dominic Hambley: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 5 R (4 ER), 3 BB, 2 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (26 strikes)
AZIL ERRORS: 2
1. 2B Alexis Hernandez: E-4 (errant throw to 1st base on infield single allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
2. P Dominic Hambley: E-1 (errant throw to 1st base on attempted 1-3 putout allowed batter to reach base safely)
AZIL CATCHERS DEFENSE:
1. Adan Sanchez: 1-6 CS
2. Carter Trice: 1-1 CS, 1 PB
WEATHER: Mostly sunny with temperatures 100+
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