Cubs Extended Spring Training game report

Keprielian Throws Three Shutout Innings at Cubs at Riverview

Devin Foyle (RBI double), Matt Cross (RBI single), and Max Schuemann (RBI single) stroked run-scoring hits to highlight a four-run 3rd inning and SP James Kaprielian hurled three innings of shutout ball, leading the Athletics Gold squad to an 8-4 victory over the Cubs "A" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest. 

Kaprielian was the New York Yankees 1st round draft pick (#16 overall) in 2015 out of UCLA and was traded to the Oakland A's in July 2017 as part of the package for Sonny Gray. This was Kaprielian's first game action since 2016 (he underwent TJS in April 2017 and shoulder surgery in July 2018). His FB velo is way down from where it was three years ago (was 94-97 in 2015-16) and he didn't miss many bats today, but he had good command of his CV and generally threw strikes (3.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 2 GIDP, 3/4 GO/AO).   

Abraham Rodriguez (reinstated from the Restricted List last week) clubbed a three-run HR onto the south bank of the Loop 202 Freeway and singled for the Cubs in a losing cause. 

RHP Erich Uelmen (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL) made his second Cactus League EXST rehab start for the Cubs and worked one out into the third inning (37 pitches), allowing a run on three hits (all three singles) and a walk. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

Giants Orange Offense a Labour of Love at Riverview

Franklin Labour ripped a solo HR and an RBI single and scored two runs, Fabian Pena laced two RBI doubles and scored a run, Yorlis Rodriguez hammered an RBI double and an RBI single, and Anyesber Sivira singled, tripled, stole a base, and scored two runs, leading a Giants Orange squad 14-hit attack en route to a 8-1 thrashing of the Cubs "A" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.  

Orian Nunez belted a solo HR leading off the bottom of the 3rd to account for the lone Cub run. 

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

Dingcong-Kelly Combo Too Much for Cubs at Fitch Park

Gio Dingcong belted a two-out two-run double to put the A's on the board in the bottom of the 1st and SP Rafael Kelly tossed five innings of one-hit shutout ball, leading the Athletics Gold squad to a 5-1 victory over the Cubs "B" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Field #3 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

Alzolay Stifles Snakes at Salt River Fields

Pedro Martinez drilled an RBI single to drive-in Rochest Cruz and put the Cubs on the board in the top of the 3rd and then Diamondbacks Joey Rose and Keshawn Lynch belted back-to-back doubles with one out in the bottom of the 5th to knot the score, and that's the way it ended as the Cubs and D'backs played to a 1-1 tie in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Thursday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.    

SP Adbert Alzolay (on Iowa 7-day IL - lat strain) hurled three innings of shutout ball for the Cubs (F-9, P-5, 4-3 * P-4, 1B - CS, K * K, K, 1B, 6-4 FC). He threw 39 pitches (11 in the 1st, 12 in the 2nd, and 16 in the 3rd), of which 22 were strikes. All three of his strikeout victims went down swinging. Alzolay velo was FB 92-95 (T-96), CH 83-86, and CV 79-82, and he was generally able to command all three of his pitches. The FB gained velo during the outing, starting at 92-94 in the 1st inning before consistently sitting at 94-95 (touched 96 once) in the 2nd and 3rd. He mixed his FB & CV (only) in his first two innings, before introducing his CH (he threw five) in his third inning. Alzolay was almost too efficient, because after finishing his three innings of work in the game, he was directed to throw an additional 15 pitches in the bullpen (five FB, five CV, and five CH). 
 
The Cubs played only one Cactus League EXST game today, so the squad that traveled to Salt River Fields consisted of elements of both the "A" team and the "B" team. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

Hannemann Sets the Table for Cub Feast

Jacob Hannemann singled twice, doubled, drew a walk, stole a base, and scored two runs, Gioskar Amaya singled twice, scored a run, and drove-in another, Pedro Martinez laced an RBI double, walked, and scored two runs, and Wladimir Galindo ripped a two-run HR and knocked in a third run with a sacrifice fly, propelling the Cubs "B" team to an 8-5 victory over the Giants Orange squad in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Wednesday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

The game was pre-planned as an eight-inning contest.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

Rockies Score Late to Trip Cubs

Shael Mendoza and Nic Motley drilled run-scoring singles and SP Anderson Amirista tossed three innings of one-run ball, leading the Rockies to a 3-1 victory over the Cubs "A" team in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ. 

Richard Gallardo, Willy Cabrera, and Joel Machado combined to hurl six innings of two-hit shutout ball for the Cubs before the Rockies finally scored in the 7th. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

A's Rally to Edge Cubs at Riverview

SP Richard Morban hurled four innings off shutout ball and Kevin Richards drilled an RBI double with two outs in the 7th inning to tie the game and lofted a sacrifice fly to drive-in what proved to be the winning run in the top of the 9th, as the Athletics Green squad rallied to edge the Cubs "A" team 3-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

Fernando Kelli singled, stole two bases, scored a run, and drove-in another with a squeeze bunt for the Cubs. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

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