Spring Training AC; Big Ninth Pushes Cubs to Victory

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On the Mound:

  • Eddie Butler was solid in his Cubs debut, he worked two innings giving up one run on one hit while striking out one.
  • Ryan Williams was outstanding in relief, he worked two scoreless innings, giving up one hit.
  • Jon Martinez struggled with command, he worked a scoreless inning while walking THREE, and striking out one.
  • Mario Meza worked two-thirds of an inning, he walked one and that was it.
  • Tommy Nance had a bounce back effort, he worked a scoreless inning while striking out one.
  • Duary Torrez was touched up a bit, he worked one inning, giving up one run on two hits while striking out one.
  • Juan Paniagua also struggled with his command, he worked one inning, giving up one run while walking THREE.

At the Plate:

  • Javier Baez went 1-for-3 with a run scored, he’s now hitting .364 on the spring.
  • Ian Happ was 1-for-2 in the win, he stole a base, and scored a run.
  • John Andreoli, Jacob Hannemann, Jeimer Candelario, Chesny Young, Albert Almora Jr., Eloy Jimenez, and Chris Dominguez all registered one hit, Jimenez with a double, and Andreoli with a triple.
  • Victor Caratini was strong once again, he went 3-for-4 with a run scored.

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Navarro Propels Cubs With Big Three Run Blast

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  The Cubs exploded for four runs (all unearned) off of Giants ace, well one of them, Matt Cain, in the first inning and that was all they would need as they took care of the Giants 4-3 in their Spring home opener.  The Cubs loaded the bases Fujikawaquickly in the first inning on a base hit by Castro, Rizzo reached on an error, and Soriano registered a base hit that almost took Matt Cain’s leg off.  Cain was hobbled after he was nailed by Soriano’s line drive, he stayed in the game and proceeded to give up a three-run bomb to Cubs newcomer Dioner Navarro.  The Cubs pitching staff made those four runs hold up as they shut down the Giants most of the day only allowing three runs on six hits.  Jeff Samardzija got the start for the Cubs and tossed two strong innings, giving up three hits, one run, and struck out two without walking anyone.  Kyuji Fujikawa made his Cubs debut, and it was impressive, he went one inning giving up one hit and stuck out two.

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Samardzija talks opening day start, and his first spring start

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– George