No Luck Needed…Just Z – Cubs 12 Dodgers 3

Game Twenty-Two – Cubs 12 Dodgers 3
WP – Carlos Zambrano (1-1) LP – Randy Wolf (2-1) Save – None

wflag.jpgComplete with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day green caps, the Cubs routed the Dodgers in the first trip of the spring to the new complex in Glendale, Arizona. Carlos Zambrano once again performed better at the dish than on the bump. Zambrano allowed three runs on three hits in five innings with two walks and a strikeout…two of the three runs allowed came in his last inning of work.

Zambrano completed his longest outing of the spring but it was his day at the plate that will make most of the headlines. Big Z hit his first home run of the spring, a 3-run shot off of Randy Wolf in the second, and added a double in the fourth off Wolf. Zambrano finished the day 2-for-3 with two runs scored and four RBI.

Corey Koskie made his first start in a Cubs’ uniform and doubled in his first at bat. Koskie walked in the fifth and was 1-for-2 with a run scored.

Koyie Hill was reunited with Carlos Zambrano nearly two seasons after Hill helped Zambrano turn his season around. Hill responded with his best offensive day of the spring. Hill was 4-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBI. Hill hit his first longball of the spring in the fifth, a 2-run shot off of James McDonald.

The Cubs offense pounded out 17 hits that included six extra base hits. Lou Piniella’s staff held the Dodgers’ everyday lineup, sans Manny Ramirez, to three runs on five hits.

Sean Marshall, Kevin Gregg, Randy Wells and Neal Cotts allowed only two hits and no walks in the final four innings.

Corey Koskie started the 4-run second inning with a double to left. Koyie Hill reached on an infield single. Andres Blanco drove in Koskie with a single to left. Carlos Zambrano followed with his 3-run dinger to left.

The Cubs jumped on Randy Wolf again in the fourth. Koyie Hill reached on a 1-out single to right. Andres Blanco singled to left. Carlos Zambrano stepped in and doubled in Hill with the Cubs’ fifth run.

Alfonso Soriano hit a sacrifice fly to left that plated Blanco and advanced Zambrano to third…Juan Pierre was the left fielder for the Dodgers’ on Tuesday. Aaron Miles then drove in Big Z with a single to center.

Corey Koskie worked a 2-out walk in the fifth and Esteban German pinch-ran for him. German was on board for Koyie Hill’s 2-run shot to center.

Lou Piniella’s offense tacked on to their lead in the sixth. Ty Wright (replaced Soriano in left in the fifth) reached on a 1-out double. After an infield single by Aaron Miles, Reed Johnson doubled to left…Wright and Miles scored.

In the seventh, Esteban German led off the inning with a walk and advanced to third on a single to center by Koyie Hill. Andres Blanco drove in German with a sacrifice fly to center.

The Cubs scored in five of nine innings and at least one run from the fourth through the seventh.

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Ryan Dempster is slated to face Tim Lincecum and the Giants on Wednesday at HoHoKam Park. XM Radio’s Inside Pitch with Jeff Joyce and Kevin Kennedy will be in Mesa on Wednesday as a part of their weeklong Cactus League coverage.

Quote of the Day

"Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points." – Knute Rockne