Cody Brickhouse and John Polonius drilled back-to-back RBI doubles to spark a four-run 4th inning and Robinson Medrano belted a solo HR in the 6th, leading the Giants orange squad to a 6-3 victory over the Cubs in Cinco de Mayo Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #2 (AKA "Jim Davenpost Field") at Indian School Park in Scottsdale, AZ.
Luis Ayala tripled, singled, stole a base, and scored two runs, and Fernando Kelli drove-in Ayala with a sacrifice fly in the top of the 1st, laced a two-run inside-the-park HR into the right-centerfield gap in the 3rd (he did a face-burger pratfall rounding 3rd base but still scored standing-up anyway), and singled and stole a base in the 6th, to provide what there was of Cub offense.
In EXST Cubs medical news, RHRP Chad Hockin (on Myrtle Beach 7-day DL with a right elbow sprain) underwent TJS earlier this week and will miss the remainder of the 2018 season while rehabbing at the Cubs UAPC in Mesa. Hockin is the second Cubs pitcher to undergo TJS in the last month (AZL Cubs LHRP Pablo Ochoa was the other one).
Hockin was the Cubs 6th round draft pick (Cal State - Fullerton) in 2016, and he is the brother of Cleveland Indians minor league RHP Grant Hockin. And the Hockin brothers are the grandsons of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew.
Here is the abridged box score from Saturday's game (Cubs players only):
1. Luis Ayala, DH #1: 2-4 (3B, 1B, 6-3, 4-3, 2 R, SB)
2. Fernando Kelli, CF: 2-3 (L-8 SF, HR, 1B, F-9, R, 3 RBI, SB)
3. Jonathan Sierra, DH #2: 0-4 (K, K, F-7, K)
4a. Cam Balego, C: 0-2 (HBP, 6-3, F-7)
4b. Henrry Pedra, 3B: 0-0 (HBP)
5a. Yovanny Cuevas, RF: 0-2 (K, 5-3)
5b. Eric Gonzalez, C: 1-2 (L-8, 1B)
6a. Delvin Zinn, 3B: 0-2 (L-6, K)
6b. Luis Ubiera, RF: 0-2 (4-3, 6-3)
7. Fabian Pertuz, SS: 0-3 (5-3, E-5, P-6)
8. Luis Hidalgo, 1B: 0-3 (L-5, F-7, P-5)
9. Reivaj Garcia, 2B: 1-3 (K, K, 1B)
10. Kevin Moreno, LF: 0-3 (P-6, K, F-9)
1. Didier Vargas: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 GIDP, 3/1 GO/AO, 28 pitches (16 strikes)
2. Riger Fernandez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 22 pitches (14 strikes)
3. Carlos Ocampo: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 4 R (4 ER), 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP, 1 WP, 1/0 GO/AO, 33 pitches (15 strikes)
4. Luis Silva: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R (1 ER), 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 5/0 GO/AO, 30 pitches (17 strikes)
5. Raidel Orta: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K, 1/2 GO/AO, 27 pitches (18 strikes)
CUBS ERRORS: 3
1. 1B Luis Hidalgo: E-3 (fielding error allowed batter to reach base safely)
2. SS Fabian Pertuz: E-6 (errant throw on 6-4 FC attempt allowed runner to reach 2nd base safely and advance to 3rd)
3. LF Kevin Moreno: E-7 (fielding error on ground single to LF allowed batter to advance to 2nd)
CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE:
Cam Balego: 0-1 CS
WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures 100+
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