In one of the best played games of the Spring, meaning the game was similar to a regular season game, the Cubs fell 3-2 to the Giants. Matt Garza had a decent outing, going 4 innings, and allowing two runs on three hits. Rafael Dolis, and Chris Rusin continued their strong Spring both tossing scoreless frames.
W: Surkamp (2-1) L: Garza (1-2) SV: Otero (3)
BATTING 2B: Burriss (5, Dolis). TB: Sandoval, P; Posey; Huff; Arias; Burriss 3. RBI: Huff (3). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Perez, J. Team RISP: 1-for-6. Team LOB: 5. BASERUNNING SB: Burriss (4, 2nd base off Castillo, L/Lalli). CS: Burriss (2, 3rd base by Dolis/Clevenger). FIELDING E: Theriot (1, fielding), Pill (1, fielding). DP: (Whiteside-Burriss).
BATTING 2B: Clevenger (1, Surkamp). HR: Rizzo (2, 2nd inning off Surkamp, 0 on, 0 out), Lalli (2, 8th inning off Ortiz, R, 0 on, 1 out). TB: DeJesus; Byrd; Lalli 4; Rizzo 5; Mather; Clevenger 2. RBI: Rizzo (5), Lalli (3). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Castro, S; Cardenas. SAC: Jackson, B. Team RISP: 0-for-3. Team LOB: 5. BASERUNNING CS: Rizzo (1, 3rd base by Hensley/Whiteside), Castro, S (1, 3rd base by Hensley/Whiteside). FIELDING E: Clevenger (1, pickoff), Castillo, L (1, throw).
The Cubs will play split-squad games Saturday and Sunday with half the team in Las Vegas to play the Rangers. On Saturday, Jeff Samardzija will make his second start and third spring appearance in Vegas against Derek Holland, while Paul Maholm will start for the Cubs in Phoenix against the Athletics. On Sunday, Chris Volstad will start in Vegas against the Rangers’ Matt Harrison while Andy Sonnanstine will make his first start Sunday for Chicago against the White Sox in Mesa. That will be the last Cubs-White Sox game before the Interleague games during the regular season. (Via Carrie Muskat)