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.
Travis Wood makes his first Spring start tomorrow against the White Sox at 2:05 PM Central. The game will be televised on WGN, White Sox announcers, Len Kasper will be broadcasting the game on MLB.com radio. Here is how the Cubs will lineup.
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The day got off to a bettar than decent start with Soriano blasting his third homerun of the spring season, and Chris Volstad working three spotless innings. Kerry Wood also made his spring debut and was solid, that was about the extent of the good portion of the day as the wheels fell off shortly there after. Carlops Marmol was touched up, big time. He faced seven hitters on the day, five of them reached base, and four of them scored. Something positive or negative that can be taken away from that depending on how you look at it was Marmol only hit one batter and walked no one. He gave up four hits including a three run blast to rising prospect Dustin Ackley, one outing is not cause for concern, but it is a shock to the system for sure.
One day after Jeff Samardzija turned in the best pitching performance of the Spring, Chris Volstad goes out and one ups him. Volstad was outstanding, going 3 innings, giving up 1 hit, and stirking out three hitters.
Alfonso Soriano has Volstad in a position for the win after he blasted his third HR of the Spring already to stake the Cubs to a 1-0 lead. That’s where we sit now in the top of the 4th, 1-0 Cubs and Kerry Wood is on to pitch.
The Cubs return to HoHoKam Park today to face the Mariners, Chris Volstad will be making his Spring, and Cubs debut as he gets the start. The game will be broadcast by Len Kaspar on Cubs.com today, here’s how the rest of the Cubs lineup.