Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs (ss) 0 Angels 11
WP – Jered Weaver (1-1) LP – Carlos Zambrano (1-2) Save – None
Game Thirty – Cubs (ss) 7 Brewers 12
WP – Zach Braddock (2-0) LP – Alex Maestri (0-1, BS 1) Save – None
As the Spring Training cliché goes, the Cubs got their work in on Wednesday … and that was about all.
The Cubs lost the “A-Team” game at HoHoKam Park to the Angels. A starting lineup full of regulars was held to one-hit over the first eight innings. The Angels pitching staff, led by Jered Weaver, dominated the Lou Piniella’s crew. Xavier Nady managed the only hit until Russ Canzler singled in the ninth. While the Cubs could not reach base, the Angels “B-Team” took batting practice against the Cubs staff.
Carlos Zambrano allowed four runs on six hits in four innings with two walks and three strikeouts. Mike Napoli hit a long two-run homer off Zambrano in the first inning … and the Angels offense never looked back. Of the six pitchers Piniella ran out, Sean Marshall was the only one that did not allow at least a run.
While the Lou’s crew was struggling in Mesa, the split squad led by Alan Trammell took a 6-4 lead into the eighth against the Brewers. Tyler Colvin doubled in a run in his 2-for-4 afternoon and Chad Tracy ended up with two singles in four trips to the plate. But Alex Maestri, a call-up from minor league camp, could not hold the lead in the eighth.
After a perfect seventh, Maestri struggled in the eighth. The Brewers sent 13 to the plate and scored eight runs against Maestri, Brian Schlitter and Ryan Butcher.
With the split-squad losses, the Cubs spring record slipped to 16-11-3 … with only three games remaining on the Cactus League schedule.
The Cubs went through the motions on Wednesday and simply could not put anything together against Jered Weaver. Weaver struck out nine and allowed one hit in five innings. Weaver retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced and the last 13 in a row.
A majority of the Angels’ regulars made the trip back to California to prepare for their final three practice games over the weekend … but the “B-Team” that took the field had a big day at the plate.
The Angels pounded out 16 hits … three home runs, two doubles and a triple.
After Michael Ryan lined into a double play in the first inning that erased a leadoff single by Maicer Izturis, Brandon Wood singled to center. Mike Napoli followed with a long homer to left and gave the Angels a 2-0 lead.
Carlos Zambrano gave up a hit in the second then retired the Angels in order in the third.
The Angels tacked on two more runs in the fourth. Zambrano issued a one-out walk to Rob Quinlan. Peter Bourjos followed with a triple to center, Quinlan scored … 3-0 Angels. Terry Evans then blooped a single into center that plated Bourjos with the Angels’ fourth run.
Geovany Soto picked Evans off of first base for the second out of the inning. After Zambrano walked Gary Patchett, he ran the count to 3-2 to Jered Weaver before striking him out to end the inning … Weaver did not take the bat off his shoulder.
Jeff Samardzija allowed two more runs in the sixth on three hits … the big blow, a two-run homer by Peter Bourjos.
James Russell surrendered his first earned run of the spring in the seventh. After loading the bases with no outs (three straight singles and bad baserunning from the Angels), Russell struck out Mike Napoli. Rob Quinlan grounded out to short for the second out allowing the run to score.
Russell retired Bourjos on a fly out to Xavier Nady to end the inning.
Justin Berg and Esmailin Caridad allowed four runs in the eighth and ninth inning. Both of Berg’s runs were earned while Caridad’s were unearned due to an error by Darwin Barney at second base. Terry Evans launched the Angels’ third round tripper of the day off of Caridad in the ninth.
Cubs vs. Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park – Final Score, Cubs 7 Brewers 12
The Cubs “B-Team” put together a good day against Yovani Gallardo and a majority of the Brewers’ regular lineup.
Jay Jackson, called up for the day from minor league camp, gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings … the big blow, a grand slam in the third by Prince Fielder.
The Cubs could not put any runs on the board against Yovani Gallardo but scored three runs on four hits against Todd Coffey in the fifth.
Logan Watkins led off with a single to left. Watkins stole second with Koyie Hill at the plate. Hill grounded out to second and advanced Watkins to third.
After Jason Dubois struck out swinging, Kosuke Fukudome drove in Watkins with a single to right. Kosuke advanced to second on a wild pitch from Coffey then scored on a single to left by Starlin Castro.
Tyler Colvin doubled in Castro with the Cubs’ third run of the inning.
The Cubs took the lead in the seventh against Carlos Villanueva.
Chris Robinson led off with a single to right. Brad Snyder doubled to center. With no outs and runners on second and third, Micah Hoffpauir pinch-hit for Mitch Atkins. Hoffpauir doubled in Robinson and Snyder. Hak-Ju Lee ran for Hoffpauir and scored on a two-out double to left by Josh Vitters …. 6-4 Cubs.
Remember, it is Spring Training … good performances and not so good performances will be forgotten by this time next week.
Carlos Silva will make the final start of the spring for the Cubs at HoHoKam Park. The Cubs play the final two games of their Cactus League schedule at Chase Field against the D’Backs on Friday and Saturday. Jeff Francis is scheduled to start the game for the Rockies.