The Cubs Spring Training Report – Rangers Top Cubs and The WBC

Game Six: Cubs 5 – Rangers 6

The Cubs lost on Tuesday at HoHoKam against the Texas Rangers. Greg Maddux threw two scoreless innings and walked three Rangers while striking out one. Bobby Boehringer, who just signed with the Cubs a little over a week ago, gave up 3 earned runs on 4 hits, including 2 home runs, in an inning of work. Other than Boehringer, the bullpen did a better job. Dempster, Eyre and Bryan Corey all threw an inning each and did give up a run.

More on the game and the WBC….

John Mabry made his Cubs debut, hitting a double and driving in two. Pierre went 0 for 2 and his spring average dropped to .200. Felix Pie went hitless, but his average for the spring is still above .300 at .375. Ronny Cedeno who is admitted he is struggling this spring went 1 for 2 and is average is up to .250.

The battle between Angel Pagan and Marquis Grissom for the backup outfield spot did not provide any separation on Tuesday. Grissom went 1 for 2 and Pagan added 2 doubles to his spring resume raising his average to .400. Pagan was very impressive over the first weekend. Pagan is very fast and hustles on every play, the Cubs might have found a diamond in the rough.

Eric Patterson made his spring debut going 1 for 2 and Michael Restovich hit his first home run as a Cub.

Here is the box score from

Wednesday – The San Diego Padres at HoHoKam

Glendon Rusch vs. Woody Williams

Will Jerry Hairston play on Wednesday? This will be Rusch’s second start of the spring and he needs to show better than his last outing against the Mariners. Rusch had a hard time bouncing back after the Mariners had a couple of hard hits, including the home run by Raul Ibanez.

The Cubs in the WBC

Derrek Lee hit a solo home run on Tuesday to give Team USA the lead in game one of the WBC against Team Mexico, a lead they never relinquished. Lee finished the game 1 for 3 and Team USA won 2-0 over Team Mexico. Michael Barrett went hitless in his only plate appearance. Here is the box score from Next up for Team USA, Team Canada on Wednesday at 3:00 C.S.T. from Chase Field.

Carlos Zambrano did not fair as well. After he retired the first 4 batters he faced, Zambrano allowed back-to-back walks to Albert Pujols and David Ortiz. Former Cub Moises Alou hit an RBI single and Adrian Beltre belted a three-run home run. Holden Kushner described Zambrano as “getting rocked”. Zambrano allowed four earned runs on three hits and three walks in just 2 2/3 innings. The Dominican Republic beat Venezuela 11 to 5. Henry Blanco did not play. Here is the box score from Next up for Team Venezuela, Team Italy on Wednesday at 6:00pm C.S.T.

Well that’s the news….and I’m sticking to it!!

Quote of the Day

"When you play, play hard; when you work, don’t play at all." – Theodore Roosevelt