Cubs radio play-by-play voice Pat Hughes hit the nail on the head entering the sixth inning when he said it’s a completely different team out there. Such is spring training, the longer the game goes the earlier in the Spring the more players are swapped in and out. The Cubs dominated for the first six innings today, as they built up a 6-1 lead by the bottom of the 4th inning behind a three run shot by Blake Dewitt in the second, and run scoring singles by Clevenger and Barney in the fourth. The Cubs were clicking on all cylinders as they were working counts where necessary and jumping on fastballs early in the count when the situation called for it.
On the mound, Ryan Dempster (Dempster talked after his start) was sharp, working two innings, giving up one run while striking out two. That was followed by strong efforts by Scott Maine, Blake Parker, and Casey Weathers who all pitched scoreless innings, then the wheels fell off. Marco Carillo entered the game in the bottom of the sixth and left his command in the bullpen. Carillo started the sixth with a walk, never a good thing in the mid to late innings with a lead, and it didn’t get better from there. Manny Corpas had to come in and rescue Carillo, which he did to an extent by getting a strikeout to end the four run 6th inning, but that was the best of Manny Corpas as he struggled in the seventh. The A’s took the lead in the top half of the seventh only to have the Cubs tie it in the bottom half. It stayed that way until the top of the ninth when Yordy Cabrera took a Tony Zych pitch over the fence for what turned out to be the game winning home run. All in all, another decent effort from the Cubs, it’s never fun to blow a five run lead after the sixth inning, but there was more good than bad today.
BATTING: 2B – Powell (1), Sogard (2), Moss (1); 3B – Reddick (1); HR – Cabrera (1); RBI – Allen (8), Reddick (2), Timmons (4), Powell 2 (2), Moss (2), Choice (1), Cabrera (1)
Team RISP: 4-for-11; Team LOB: 5
BASERUNNING: Cowgill (1)
FIELDING; E – Allen (1, fielding)
BATTING: 2B – Baker (1), Vitters (1); HR – DeWitt (1); RBI – DeWitt 3 (3), Clevenger (1), Vitters (1), Barney (3), Lalli (1)
Team RISP: 4-for-10; Team LOB: 7
BASERUNNING: Mather 2 (2)
FIELDING; E – None
Matt Garza makes his first spring start on Tuesday against the Colorado Rockies at HoHoKam Park. First pitch is scheduled to be at 2:05 PM Central, and the game will be broadcast on MLB.com Gameday, and WGN Radio in the Chicagoland area.
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