Updating hitting stats thru Sunday March 11, 2012…
A shaky outing by Matt Garza, and cold bats dropped the Cubs back to .500 losing 5-1 to the Dodgers today. Not much else to say, you can’t be awesome every day. One of the few bright spots on the afternoon was Jeff Beliveau who tossed two scoreless innings, stirking out five guys.
Beliveau Strikes Out Five
The deal for Gerardo Concepcion was announced in early February, now it’s official. The Cubs have agreed to a five-year major league contract with the 20-year-old Cuban prospect. The delay in officially signing Concepcion can be pinned on Concepcion establishing free agency, contract language, and physicals. Concepcion will now report to the minor league camp instead of the big league camp to get in shape, and Hoyer said that there is a good chance that he will see some Spring action near the end of camp. The contract details are as follows, Concepcion is guaranteed $6 million in the deal. There is a $3 million signing bonus with the other $3 million spread out over the length of the contract, which is five-year.
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Matt Garza takes the mound for his second start of the Spring, and he looks to keep the dominant stretch of Cubs starters going. First pitch is in about an hour, 2:05 PM Central, here’s how the Cubs will lineup.
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The last two Spring games have been a blue print of what the Cubs want to do this season. Timely hitting, a long ball or two, solid defense, and quality pitching, the more they get all of that, the more wins they will have. Dempster, Russell, Parker, Mateo, Corpas, and Coleman combined on a gem. Cubs pitching allowed six hits and one run on the day.
Dempster’s Outing (Click image for video)
Geovany Soto is healthy enough to make his Spring debut today against the Brewers. The Cubs travel to Maryvale today to battle Dale Sveum’s former team, and Aramis Ramirez’s new team, the Brewers. Ryan Dempster gets the start today, first pitch is at 2:05 central. The game will be on WGN TV, and national league rules are back in play, so no more dh. Check back after the game for a full recap. Here’s how the Cubs lineup.
1. RF – David DeJesus
2. LF – Reed Johnson
3. SS – Starlin Castro
4. 1B – Bryan LaHair
5. C – Geovany Soto
6. 3B – Ian Stewart
7. 2B – Darin Barney
8. CF – Tony Campana
9. P – Ryan Dempster
Things got started early with Edgar Gonzalez launching a three-run homer.
The Cubs beat the White Sox today 5-1. The pitching was the difference as the Cubs staff only surrendered four hits today. Starting pitcher Travis Wood pitched well and so did Randy Wells who induced a bases loaded double play to Paul Konerko to end the 3rd. Also in relief today was Lopez, Rhee, and Castillo. The Cubs offense was powered by Edgar Gonzalez, Steve Clevenger, and Marlon Byrd who all hit their first homers of the spring. Soriano stayed hot leading the game off with a double later scoring on a Darwin Barney base hit. It is always nice to beat the Chicago White Sox whether it is spring training or not.
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Travis Wood got some help from Randy Wells in getting out a bases loaded one out jam in the third inning. Big blow of the day was a two out two-run homer from Edgar Gonzalez. Bottom of the 4th, 3-1 Cubs. Check back tonight for a full recap.
Cubs made a few moves before facing off with the White Sox today. RHP Marco Carillo, RHP Trey McNutt, INF Jonathan Mota, and OF Jae-Hoon Ha have been reassigned to minor league camp. The big league camp roster now stands at 59. First pitch in a little less than half an hour.