Volstad Shines on the Mound, Rizzo Propels Cubs to Victory

Another day, another fantastic start from a Cubs pitcher.  Chris Volstad was stellar again for the Cubs, going 3 innings allowing just two hits, and striking out one.  Volstad has now gone 6 innings this Spring and has yet to yield any runs.  The Cubs also got solid performances from Jay Jackson, Scott Maine, and Alberto Cabrera.  Andy Sonnanstine was roughed up a bit but the Cubs managed to hang on with Cabrera earning the save.

Youngsters were leading the offensive charge on this day.  Starlin Castro had an RBI single, Josh Vitters had a big pinch hit RBI triple, and Anthony Rizzo came though with the big blow of the day, launching a mammoth 2-run shot to provide the Cubs with just enough offense for the win.

W:  Volstad (1-0)   L:  Bumgarner (0-1)   SV:  Cabrera (1)

BATTING 2B: Pagan (1, Sonnanstine), Fontenot (3, Sonnanstine). 3B: Pagan (1, Jackson, J). TB: Pagan 5; Brown, G; Fontenot 2; Sandoval, P; Stewart, C; Huff; Belt; Christian; Theriot; Graham, T; Crawford. RBI: Pagan (4), Fontenot (2), Stewart, C (1), Graham, T (2). 2-out RBI: Pagan; Graham, T. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cabrera, Me; Burriss; Sanchez, H; Blanco. SAC: Crawford. Team RISP: 4-for-10. Team LOB: 9. BASERUNNING SB: Brown, G (1, 2nd base off Cabrera, A/Castillo, W).

BATTING 2B: Mather (2, Bumgarner), DeJesus (1, Bumgarner), Soriano, A (3, Edlefsen), Cardenas (1, Romo). 3B: Vitters (1, Bumgarner), Sappelt (1, Affeldt). HR: Rizzo (1, 7th inning off Romo, 1 on, 2 out). TB: DeJesus 2; Jackson, B; Barney; Castro, S; Cardenas 2; Soriano, A 2; Rizzo 4; Mather 2; Clevenger; Castillo, W; Sappelt 3; Volstad; Vitters 3. RBI: Barney (7), Castro, S (2), Vitters (2), Rizzo 2 (4). 2-out RBI: Vitters; Rizzo 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sappelt; LaHair 2; DeJesus; Szczur; Cardenas. Team RISP: 2-for-11. Team LOB: 7. BASERUNNING SB: Castro, S (2, 2nd base off Bumgarner/Posey), Jackson, B (1, 2nd base off Hembree/Stewart, C). CS: Castillo, W (1, 2nd base by Mota/Stewart, C).

Up Next:

Randy Wells will start Wednesday when the Cubs play host to their National League Central rivals, the Brewers, at HoHoKam Park. It’s the second meeting this spring between the two teams. The Cubs beat the Brewers, 6-1, on Saturday at Maryvale. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.  (Via Carrie Muskat)

Thanks for reading,

George Cotugno

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