A Split Explosion

Spring Training Game Nineteen – Cubs (ss) 16 Mariners (ss) 4
WP – Wade Miller (1-0) LP – Ryan Feierabend (0-1)

Spring Training Game Twenty – Cubs (ss) 11 Brewers 7
WP – Sean Gallagher (1-0) LP – Yovani Gallardo (0-1)

wflag.jpg A day after managing just 2 hits against the Angels, the Cubs offense exploded for a combined 27 runs on 35 hits, 10 walks and 5 home runs. The split squad games featured the spring debut of Sean Marshall, the center field debut of Jacque Jones, the long lost bat of Daryle Ward and just 2 walks allowed on the day from 11 different Cubs’ pitchers.

Cubs (ss) vs. Mariners (ss)

Alfonso Soriano led off the game with a home run to left on the first pitch by Ryan Feierabend and all toll the Cubs sent 10 to the plate in the first inning and scored 5 runs. Ryan Theriot, who was a home run short of a cycle, doubled and scored on a single by Derrek Lee. Aramis Ramirez then hit his 3rd home run of the spring with Lee aboard. Wade Miler participated in the hit parade in the first as well….he singled to left center to score Cliff Floyd. Soriano struck out to end the inning.

The Cubs scored 14 of their 16 runs in the first 4 innings, all of the projected starters had a huge day:

  • Soriano – 2-3, a walk, a home run, 2 runs scored and a RBI
  • Theriot – 4-5, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI’s (Theriot is not projected as a starter but any game a player is just a home run of a cycle is worth mentioning….spring training or not)
  • Lee – 4-5, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI’s
  • Ramirez – 2-4, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI’s and a home run
  • Barrett – 2-4, 2 runs scored, 4 RBI’s and 2 home runs
  • Floyd – 2-3, 2 runs scored and a walk

Carlos Zambrano was even used as a pinch hitter in the 5th because he was unable to hit in Sunday’s game. Lou Piniella stayed in Mesa and managed the split squad.

Michael Barrett’s first home run of the day came in the 2nd after back-to-back singles by Lee and Ramirez. Ryan Theriot’s triple in the 3rd scored Izturis and Soriano and he scored on a throwing error by Willie Bloomquist. Barrett hit his second homer of the day when he led off the 4th.

Wade Miller started the game and gave up 4 runs, 3 earned, in 3 1/3 innings. Miller did not walk a batter and struck out 2. The 3 runs came courtesy of Adrian Beltre in the 3rd. Bobby Howry pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings and even got an at-bat….he lined out to left. There has been a lot of concern about Neal Cotts this spring and Monday he had his best outing. Cotts recorded 3 of his 6 outs via the ground ball, struck out 2 and allowed just 1 hit. Michael Wuertz pitched a perfect 9th and struck out 2.

Box Score from MLB.com

Cubs (ss) vs. Brewers

The “rest” of the Cubs were at Maryville Park on Monday, with Alan Trammell at the helm, and faced a Brewers team that closely resembled their opening day lineup. The Cubs scored 5 times in the 1st inning against Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo was leaving his pitches up in the zone and the Cubs made him pay for the mistakes. Jacque Jones hit a 3-run homer to the opposite field against the Brewers’ top prospect….many think Gallardo is one of the top pitching prospects in the game (Baseball Prospectus 4th and 7th overall, Baseball America 15th overall).

Felix Pie had a big day at the plate, he was 3-6, 2 runs scored with one of the hits being a triple to lead off the 5th inning. Pie led off the 1st, 2nd and 5th innings with a base hit (2 singles and a triple). Daryle Ward broke out of his spring slump with a 2-5 day, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI’s….both hits being doubles. Jacque Jones started the game in center and responded with a 2-5 day as well that included the 3-run homer. Angel Pagan stole a base in the 9th after taking a walk. Pagan has been hampered with an injury but did receive playing time in the minor league camp on Sunday.

Sean Gallagher gave up 3 runs on 3 hits in 3 innings. Sean Marshall struck out one and gave up a hit in an inning of work. Rocky Cherry was the benefactor of the Cubs infield being alert in the 9th. Cherry retired all 3 batters he faced with two of the outs courtesy of Ronny Cedeno and Tomas Perez snagging two line drives.

Box Score from MLB.com

Roster cuts are expected after Tuesday’s game against the Rockies in Tucson. Ted Lilly is scheduled to start the game with Ryan Dempster and Angel Guzman expected to see action as well. The Cubs will have an opportunity to see Clint Barmes first hand….

Quote of the Day

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." - Albert Einstein