Cubs blank Rangers 9-0

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The Rangers lost to the Cubs on Monday at Mesa’s Sloan Park, 9-0 in 7 full innings, snapping Texas’ 3-game spring win streak.  The offense was limited to 2 hits in the first exhibition shutout against the Rangers since March 9, 2020 vs. Oakland, which was a 5-0 defeat.

Ronald Guzmán was the only Texas batter to reach base multiple times in the loss, as he went 1-for-2 with a double and walk.  Guzmán has a 5-game hit streak to begin the spring season at 5-for-9 with 2 home runs, a double, 2 RBI, 3 walks, and one strikeout.  Designated hitter David Dahl had the Rangers’ lone hit over the first 6 innings, a 2-out double in the 4th.

Starter Kohei Arihara (3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R-ER) overcame some bad luck in the first inning, working around a pair of errors that nearly left him with no earned runs allowed.  Cubs hitters went 0-for-their-last-8 against Arihara after his second hit allowed in the first inning.  Four Texas relievers were charged with the other 8 Cubs runs over the final 4 innings.

Today’s Cubs TV broadcast on Marquee Network will be replayed on MLB Network both tonight at 6:00 p.m. CT and again on Tuesday morning at 3:00 a.m. CT.

The Rangers host Cleveland in a 2:05 p.m. CT game in Surprise on Tuesday.  The Rangers’ free audio webcast of the game can be found at, with Matt Hicks and Jared Sandler calling the action.

From Rangers PR staff reports