The Value of Patience

Spring Training Game Sixteen – Cubs 3 Padres 2
WP – Carlos Marmol (1-0) LP – Carlos Guevara (0-1) Save – None

wflag.jpgLou Piniella’s new look lineup did not light up the scoreboard against Greg Maddux and the Padres pitching staff, but they did just enough to end a 3-game losing streak. With the game tied at 2 in the 9th, Matt Murton worked a bases empty 2-out walk. Micah Hoffpauir followed with a solid single to left on the first pitch from Carlos Guevara. Daryle Ward walked to load the bases. Alex Cintron pinch hit for Carlos Marmol and singled to right with the game winning RBI.

Jason Marquis threw 4 innings of shutout ball against a Padres offense that was minus a majority of their everyday players. Marquis allowed only 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 2. Sean Marshall struggled in his first inning of relief and gave up 2 runs, 1 earned, on 4 hits in 3 innings. Tim Lahey pitched a perfect 8th and Carlos Marmol picked up the win after getting out of a bases loaded jam in the 9th.

Lou Piniella’s lineup performed rather well on Thursday, with a couple of exceptions. Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez did not have a good day. Ryan Theriot was 2-for-4 with a RBI and a stolen base. Alfonso Soriano was 1-for-3 and Kosuke Fukudome was 1-for-4 with a run scored. Derrek Lee hit into a double play, lined into another and struck out in the 7th with the go ahead run in scoring position. Aramis Ramirez was 0-for-4 as well.

Sam Fuld had a solid day in the field and at the plate. Fuld made a couple of fine catches and was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a run scored and a RBI. Mark DeRosa was 2-for-3 with a walk and a double

Kosuke Fukudome got the Cubs on the board in the 4th inning with a 1-out single down the left field line. DeRosa followed with a bloop single to right, Fukudome advanced to 3rd. Geovany Soto walked to load the bases. Sam Fuld stepped in and hit a sacrifice fly to left, Fukudome scored.

Sam Fuld led off the 7th with a single to right off the Padres’ second baseman’s glove. Matt Murton followed with a ground out down the 1st base line. Marshall McDougall stepped on 1st and tried to double up Fuld at 2nd. The ball hit Fuld, ended up in left field and Fuld advanced to 3rd on the error. Ryan Theriot singled to left to tie the game at 2.

Jason Marquis’ battle for a spot in the starting rotation continued on Thursday. Marquis kept the ball down (7 ground outs, 3 fly outs) and was helped by his defense. Marquis pitched around trouble in the 1st by striking out Josh Bard to end the inning. Marquis walked McDougall to start the 2nd but Robert Fick hit into a 3-6-3 double play. Chip Ambres hit a 2-out double down the left field line and with 2 on and 2-out, Marquis retired Greg Maddux on a ground out to 3rd.

Kosuke Fukudome took an extra base hit away from Jody Gerut for the last out in the 3rd inning. Fukudome went to the wall to make the catch. Sam Fuld took an extra base hit away from Paul McAnulty that helped Marquis retire the Padres in order in the 4th.

Sean Marshall gave up a solo home run to Marshall McDougall in the 5th and Ryan Theriot’s error in the 7th led to the other run Marshall allowed….in between he had a 3 up, 3 down 6th inning that included 2 strikeouts.

Carlos Marmol gave up a hit and a pair of walks in the 9th but was once again effective and has yet to allow an earned run this spring.

Former Cub, Jody Gerut has been spectacular for the Padres so far in the exhibition season but was 0-for-3 on Thursday. The Cubs traded Jason DuBois to Cleveland for Gerut in 2005 then turned around and traded him to the Pirates for Matt Lawton on July 31st.

The Cubs traditionally have a tough time with the Padres and anytime they beat the Friars it is a good day….Spring Training or not.

At the halfway point of the exhibition season, Lou Piniella’s crew is 6-10.

Box Score from Thursday’s game

The Cubs will host the Angels on Friday afternoon. Ryan Dempster will make his 4th start and is scheduled to face Ervin Santana. Lou Piniella’s new look lineup is expected to make its second appearance.

Quote of the Day

"Don’t ever permit the pressure to exceed the pleasure." - Joe Maddon