The Cubs Leave Tucson Behind with a Win – Cubs 7 Diamondbacks 2

Game Twenty-Three – Cubs 7 Diamondbacks 2
WP – Tom Gorzelanny (1-1) LP – Dan Haren (1-2) Save – None

wflag.jpgThe Cubs, sans Lou Piniella and a majority of their regular roster, beat up on Dan Haren and the D’Backs in their final spring trip to Tucson. After this season both the Rockies and Diamondbacks will move their Spring Training homes to the valley east of Scottsdale. The Rockies and Diamondbacks will share the new state of the art facility.

Alan Trammell served as the Cubs’ manager while Lou Piniella stayed behind in Mesa nursing a sore back.

The Cubs offense, led by Tyler Colvin, James Adduci and Mike Fontenot, jumped on Dan Haren in the first two innings. The Cubs scored two times in the first and tacked on a five-spot in the second before Haren was able to settle in.

Tyler Colvin was in the middle of the action once again. Colvin went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI … and drove in the first run of the game. The one young Cub not receiving too much press this spring has been James Adduci. Adduci has been extremely consistent throughout camp. He tallied three of the Cubs’ 11 hits, drove in a pair of runs, scored twice and stole a base that setup the Cubs first run.

Mike Fontenot, who appears will be the Cubs’ backup at shortstop at the beginning of the season, went 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI.

The Diamondbacks ran out their everyday lineup against southpaws on Thursday … and Tom Gorzelanny responded with his best outing of the spring. Gorzelanny gave up two runs (one in the first and one in the sixth) on five hits with a walk and four strikeouts. Gorzelanny retired eight in a row at one point, but most importantly he threw strikes.

John Grabow (no runs or hits with a walk in two innings) and James Russell (a perfect ninth) finished up the game. The trio of southpaws held the D’Backs to a total of five hits.

On the eve of decision time, the Cubs improved to 13-8-2 on the spring with the win on Thursday afternoon …

The Cubs offense did not allow Dan Haren to settle in. James Adduci recorded the first hit of the game with a single to left. With Tyler Colvin at the plate, Adduci stole second base. Colvin then ripped a single to right, Adduci scored and Colvin advanced to second on the throw home.

Following a fly out by Micah Hoffpauir, Mike Fontenot singled to center and plated Adduci with the Cubs’ second run of the inning.

Conor Jackson led off the bottom of the first with a home run to left off of Tom Gorzelanny. After the Jackson dinger, Gorzelanny retired Kelly Johnson and Stephen Drew on groundouts and struck out the free-swinging Mark Reynolds.

Koyie Hill started the five-run second inning with a walk. Sam Fuld singled to left on a 0-2 pitch from Haren. Tom Gorzelanny could not advance the runners.

Ryan Theriot stepped in and singled to left. Conor Jackson threw out Hill at the plate … but both Fuld and Theriot advanced to second and third on the throw.

James Adduci hit a hot shot to Adam LaRoche at first. The ball went off of LaRoche’s glove and ended up down the line in right. Fuld and Theriot scored … 4-1 Cubs.

Tyler Colvin followed with a double off the base of the wall in center. Adduci scored the Cubs’ fifth run of the game. Micah Hoffpauir, who appears to be headed to Iowa to start the season, blooped a single into center. Colvin scored … 6-1 Cubs.

Mike Fontenot then drove in the Cubs’ seventh run of the game with a triple off the top of the wall in right center. Hoffpauir scored … 7-1 Cubs. Jeff Baker grounded out to short to end the inning.

After the second inning the Cubs managed only two hits and a pair of walks.

The Diamondbacks’ second run came in the sixth.

Kelly Johnson led off with a double to right. Stephen Drew singled to center but Johnson held at third. Mark Reynolds drove in Johnson with a sacrifice fly to left.

The Cubs “called-up” D.J. LeMahieu, Brandon Guyer, Justin Bour and Russ Canzler from minor league camp on Thursday.

Box Score from MLB.com

Carlos Zambrano will face the A’s on Friday afternoon at HoHoKam Park.


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