This morning I slept in a bit and then I made the 10 mile drive from my Scottsdale hotel to nearby Mesa to attend an afternoon ballgame at Sloan Park. Sloan Park is the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs and the Arizona Fall League home of the Mesa Solar Sox. I was there to watch the Solar Sox host an Arizona Fall League game at 12:35 PM.
Peoria scored a run with a solo homer in the top of the first but never scored again. Mesa scored twice in the fourth, twice in the fifth, and once in the eighth for an easy 5-1 win over Peoria. The game lasted 2 hours and 23 minutes. Box Score
It is easy to see why Cubs fans flock to Sloan Park during spring training. The facility is fantastic. However, I’d never go to Sloan Park for a spring training game. I prefer the smaller crowds and cooler weather of the Arizona Fall League.
Today’s game ended at 3 PM. That gave me plenty of time to head back to Scottsdale and get a short rest at my hotel before attending another Arizona Fall League game at 6:35 PM.