Bowser and Preciado Go Deep at Sloan
Drew Bowser (solo blast) and Reggie Preciado (two-run bomb) launched home runs onto the LF berm with two outs in the bottom of the 1st inning to give the Cubs an early 3-0 lead, and SP Alfredo Romero and four relievers combined to hurl a two-hitter, as the Cubs edged the Diamondbacks 3-2 in Arizona Instructional League game action Monday morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ.
The game was called after seven innings of play.
Although the Cubs won the game and hit two home runs, Cubs batters struck out 13 times over the course of the seven innings, including three by Christian Olivo.
The game saw the pro game debut of RHP (ex-C) Shane Marshall (Cubs 2022 14th round draft pick - U. of Georgia). Marshall was a light-hitting defense-first back-up catcher in college and threw "garbage-time" innings for the Bulldogs in a couple of blow-outs, but it was enough to impress Cubs area scout Greg Gerard -- enough that the Cubs drafted Marshall as a pitcher, not as a catcher.
Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):
AZIL CUBS LINEUP:
1. Christian Olivo, CF-3B: 0-3 (K, K, K)
2. Ed Howard, SS: 0-3 (P-3, K, E-5, SB)
3a. Drew Bowser, 3B: 1-2 (HR, K, R, RBI)
3b. Jose Escobar, CF: 0-1 (K)
4. Adan Sanchez, C: 1-3 (1B, 1-3, K, R)
5. Reggie Preciado, DH #1: 1-3 (HR, K, K, R, 2 RBI)
6a. Jefferson Encarnacion, RF: 0-2 (P-4, 4-3)
6b. Leonel Espinoza, RF: 0-1 (K)
7a. Geuri Lubo, 2B: 0-2 (F-7, K)
7b,. Alexis Hernandez, 2B: 0-1 (K)
8. Alfonsin Rosario, LF: 0-3 (F-9, K, 6-3)
9. Yahil Melendez, DH #2: 0-1 (P-6, BB)
10. Wally Soto, 1B: 1-1 (1B, BB, SB)
AZIL CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Alfredo Romero: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 40 pitches (21 strikes)
2. Shane Marshall: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 11 pitches (5 strikes)
3. Mason McGwire: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 3 K, 38 pitches (17 strikes)
4. Kevin Valdez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 13 pitches (9 strikes)
5. Koen Moreno: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 1 K, 2 GIDP, 2/0 GO/AO, 52 pitches (25 strikes)
AZIL CUBS ERRORS: 2
1. SS Ed Howard: E-6 (fielding miscue allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. C Adan Sanchez: E-2 (errant throw to 2nd base on SB attempt allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
AZIL CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Adan Sanchez: 0-4 CS, 1 PB, 1 E (see above)
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
ATTENDANCE 14 (including Mark McGwire)
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