Game Six – Cubs 1 Diamondbacks 9
WP – Juan Gutierrez (1-0) LP – Mitch Atkins (0-1) Save – None
Two of the three pitchers the Cubs figure to depend on in the upcoming season had good outings on Monday at HoHoKam Park. Carlos Zambrano made his first spring start and struck out three of the six batters he faced. Zambrano struck out the first two batters of the game and Chad Tracy was the only batter to reach against Zambrano. Tracy walked to start the second and was erased on a 5-4-3 double play that ended the inning.
Zambrano turned the game over to Carlos Marmol in the third for his last outing for the Cubs before leaving for the WBC. Marmol struck out a pair in his inning of work, both punch-outs…the second one however was Dan Haren.
Mitch Atkins was knocked around in his second outing of the spring. He gave up 5 runs, all earned, on 4 hits and hit two batters. Chris Snyder hit his first long ball of the spring…a 3-run homer as a part of the 5-run fourth inning.
Angel Guzman was also ineffective in the ninth on Monday. Guzman gave up three runs on three hits, two doubles, with a walk in an inning of work.
The Cubs dropped their second in a row but the performances by Zambrano and Marmol were very promising… The Cubs offense was non-existent. Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez were 1-for-7 with a walk…Lee had the hit and the walk. Soriano for his part popped out to short, flied out to left and struck out in his three trips. Ramirez grounded out and lined out to center.
Micah Hoffpauir reached on a double in the ninth and scored the Cubs only run on a double by Andres Blanco off of Daniel Schlereth (son of Mark Schlereth).
The Cubs bullpen was horrendous on Monday. Several players fighting for a job did not help their cause. Ed Campusano, Ken Kadokura, Jason Waddell and Jeff Stevens along with Angel Guzman allowed 9 runs on 12 hits with 6 walks with 3 hit batsman and only 2 strikeouts in 6 innings.
Sean Marshall is scheduled to face Sean Gallagher on Tuesday at HoHoKam Park. Andrew Cashner is penciled in to make his debut against the A’s.