Six….Count ‘Em Six Long Balls

Spring Training Game Thirty-One – Cubs 2 Mariners 10
WP – Carlos Silva (1-2) LP – Ted Lilly (0-1) Save – None

Ted Lilly and Jason Marquis had rough outings in their last spring tune-ups. Ted Lilly made his fifth and final start of the exhibition season and allowed 5 runs on 8 hits in 5 innings. Lilly gave up all 5 runs on 3 home runs before settling down and retiring 9 of the last 10 batters he faced. Jason Marquis did not fair much better. Like Lilly, he left the ball up and allowed 5 runs, 4 earned, on 6 hits in 3 innings. Neither pitcher walked a batter and Lilly struck out 4. The Mariners’ offense scored 10 runs on 14 hits with 6 home runs and 2 doubles in the first 8 innings.

The Cubs offense struggled against Carlos Silva and the Mariners pitching staff. Alfonso Soriano hit his second home run in as many days in the 4th inning. Kosuke Fukudome doubled with 2 outs in the 7th and scored on an infield single by Jason Marquis. The Cubs managed only 6 hits and 7 total base runners.

Lou Piniella’s crew played from behind all night and could not find a rhythm either at the plate or in the field. For as well as the team played in the last two weeks in Arizona, the performance on Friday night was a let down to say the least….but it’s just Spring Training, right?

With the expected Opening Day lineup on the field, it would have been nice to see the same focus the Mariners brought to Cashman Field. The Mariners outplayed the Cubs in every aspect and used the game as a dress rehearsal. Lou Piniella’s crew appeared flat and at times just swinging for the fences.

Kevin Hart retired the 3 batters he faced in the 9th and Micah Hoffpauir recorded the Cubs last hit of the night….a 1-out double to right center in the 9th. The Cubs need to find a place for Hoffpauir on the big league roster.

How the Cubs played the first game in Vegas, hopefully will stay in Vegas.

With the loss, the Cubs spring record dropped to 14-15-2 with just 1 game left….before every game counts.

Box Score from Friday Night’s Game in Las Vegas

The Cubs play the last game of the Cactus League schedule on Saturday afternoon at Cashman Field. Ryan Dempster is expected to take the mound against Jarrod Washburn. Look for Lou Piniella to empty his bullpen in the last spring game.

Quote of the Day

"Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast." - Joe Garagiola
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