Cubs Falter Late in Both Games, Get a Marmol Injury Scare

The Cubs played well for the majority of both games today but ended up tied in one, and lost the other.  The Cubs held a solid lead all day against the A’s, but a three run ninth inning by the A’s forced the game to extra’s and that’s where it ended tied at five.  In the other game, Ryan Dempster turned in the longest outing by a Cubs pitcher all Spring going 6 strong innings, however the Cubs couldn’t break thru against Rangers pitching and dropped a well-played ball game 6-2.  The other interesting, or, concerning news for Cubs fans was that Carlos Marmol had to leave the game against the Rangers after a visit from the trainer, more on that later.

W:  None   L:  None   SV:  None
Full Box Score
Cubs 5  Athletics 5

At the Plate:

The Cubs basically played a normal regular season game against the A’s, not a lot of substitutions, probably for two reasons, we are getting closer to the regular season, and half the team was playing the Rangers.  Tony Campana led the charge with 4 hits today, including a double and a stolen base.  Amezaga collected two hits once again as he continues his torrid Spring, and Joe Mather, of course, had another hit and RBI.

On the Mound:

Rodrigo Lopez was outstanding again, going 5 innings, and only giving one run on three hits while striking out four.  Lopez has an outside chance to round out the rotation, and performances like that can’t hurt his chances.  Scott Maine, and Manny Corpas each tossed a scoreless inning, while Blake Parker got roughed up giving up three runs in the bottom of the ninth for his first blown save.

W: None  L: None SV:  None
Full Box Score
Cubs  Rangers 6

At the Plate:

Not much offense against the Rangers, the Cubs only mustered two runs on six hits.  Three Cubs totalled the six hits, Castro, DeWitt, and Rizzo each had two hits, Castro and DeWitt each had a triple.  Rizzo continues to tear up Spring pitching, he has his average all the way up to .375 and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

On the Mound:

Ryan Dempster was awesome, going six innings, giving up two runs, on four hits, while striking out three and walking two.  Dempster might have nailed down the opening day starter spot, which is expected to be named any day now by manager Dale Sveum.  Castillo, and Cabrera were roughed up a bit, Castillo only last 2/3rds of an inning giving up two runs on two hits with three walks.  Cabrera went an inning and 2/3rds giving up two runs on two hits, he didn’t walk anyone and struck out one.  The story though was the injury scare with Carlos Marmol.  Marmol was looking good for his third straight outing, but after 2/3rds of an inning, with one strike out, he was taken out of the game after a visit from the trainer.  From all accounts it seems as though Marmol was taken out as a precaution, apparently he had a cramp in his throwing hand.  He is scheduled to have an MRI tomorrow, hopefully that’s the extent of it and he won’t miss any time.

On Deck:

A day off.  No Cubs baseball tomorrow, but they resume play on Thursday afternoon with Matt Garza taking the mound against the Rangers….again.  The game will be televised on MLB.TV, and heard on a free webcast.  Expect Soraino to be back in the lineup on Thursday as well, he will be hitting third.

Thanks for reading, should have some nice stuff up on the blog tomorrow because of the off day.
– George Cotugno

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