Spring Training Game Five – Cubs 6 Mariners 5
WP – Jeff Samardzija (1-0) LP – Robert Rohrbaugh (0-1) Save – None
Ronny Cedeno made his first start of the spring in centerfield and was 3-for-5 in the leadoff spot but was picked off 1st base in the 3rd inning. Jake Fox added a double, a triple, drove in a run and scored one in his 5 trips to the plate. Micah Hoffpauir doubled in a run in the 7th, scored on Fox’s triple after walking in 4th and finished the day 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Ryan Theriot added 2 more hits and stole a base while Alex Cintron continued to impress with a RBI double in the 6th.
Jon Lieber made his first start of the spring and surrendered 2 runs on 3 hits in his 2 innings of work. Sean Marshall did not allow a hit in his first 2 innings of the exhibition season but he walked 3 and struck out 2. Jeff Samardzija picked up the win after throwing 2 innings of near perfect ball. Scott Eyre threw a scoreless inning in relief of Samardzija after a rough first outing on Friday. Tim Lahey gave up a hit and struck out 1 in his second appearance of the spring. But it was Bobby Howry’s 9th inning that caused the most attention. Howry gave up 3 runs, all earned, on 5 hits with 2 strikeouts. Howry is traditionally a slow starter and he appears to be right on par again this year. The Mariners jumped all over Howry’s first pitches of each at bat. Howry faced 8 hitters, struck out 2 and threw only 12 pitches….all strikes.
Josh Kroeger added a single in 2 trips to the plate with a run scored. Tyler Colvin made his first appearance of the spring in the field. Colvin replaced Fukudome in right field in the 5th inning. Also, Welington Castillo saw his first action with the big league club; he replaced Koyie Hill behind the plate in the 6th inning and did not record a hit in his only at bat.
Monday was the first meeting between Kosuke Fukudome and Ichiro Suzuki on a Major League field. Fukudome made a good play on a ball in right and nearly doubled off Brad Wilkerson on 2nd base.
The Cubs return to HoHoKam on Tuesday for their first meeting of the year against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ryan Dempster is scheduled to make the start against Claudio Vargas.
Other News from Arizona
Will Carroll from Baseball Prospectus was on XM Radio Monday and he questioned the severity of the injury to Alfonso Soriano. He said what started out as a minor injury has changed to the Cubs saying Soriano will miss a week of playing time. Carroll mentioned the Cubs past history of divulging the full extent of player’s injuries as a possible reason for concern.
According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Soriano’s finger was “really swollen” on Monday and Piniella does not know how long he will be out. “I don’t know how long, a week or so. He’ll have to tell us. It’s going to be a while.”
Mark DeRosa worked out with the team on Monday for the first time since his surgery according to a report on Cubs.com. The Cubs are saying at least a week, probably 10 days before DeRosa returns to the lineup.