Game Eight – Cubs (ss) 4 Indians 5
WP – Jensen Lewis (1-0) LP – Justin Berg (0-1) Save – Juan Salas (1)
In a game full of minor league players not invited to big league camp, a version of the Cubs lost to the Indians in Goodyear on Wednesday afternoon. Bobby Dickerson, Iowa’s manager, filled in for Lou Piniella and Ryne Sandberg served as Dickerson’s bench coach. The Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a 2-out, 2-run single by Brad Snyder.
Chad Gaudin made his first start of the spring (second game) and was ineffective in the first inning. Gaudin gave up three runs after hitting Ben Francisco with two outs. Beau Mills had the big hit, a 2-run shot to right that gave the Indians the lead.
Milton Bradley recorded his first hit as a Cub, a double in the fifth from the right side of the plate. Bradley was lifted for pinch runner Ty Wright and finished the day 1-for-3 (pop out and a ground out). Derrek Lee (1-for-3) scored in the first on Snyder’s double after a 1-out single to left.
The other hitting star on the afternoon was Nate Spears (2-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk). He tripled to lead off the second and scored the Cubs third run of the game.
James Adduci tied the game at four in the sixth with a single to center but Justin Berg allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the eighth and took the loss.
Ed Campusano, Brian Schlitter, Matt Smith and Rocky Roquet pitched on Wednesday afternoon.
Chad Gaudin gave up three runs on four hits in his 3 innings of work with three strikeouts and no walks. He lost his composure after hitting Ben Francisco on the left shoulder but settled down and did not allow further damage in his final two innings of work.
The Cubs will face the White Sox on WGN TV on Wednesday night from Las Vegas. Jeff Samardzija is slated to start against John Danks.