Cubs Beat A’s for Second Time this Spring – Cubs 10 A’s 3

Game Four – Cubs 10 A’s 3
WP – Ryan Dempster (1-0) LP – Gio Gonzalez (0-1) Save – None

wflag.jpgAfter losing two games on Sunday due to rain, the Cubs got back to action on a cool day in Phoenix … and beat the A’s 10-3 behind a seven-run seventh inning.

Ryan Dempster pitched two perfect innings in his first outing of the spring. Dempster threw strikes and got his work in.

After a leadoff single by Ryan Theriot (2-for-2 with a walk and two runs scored) and a double by Kosuke Fukudome (1-for-2 with a double, a walk and a run scored) in the third, Derrek Lee and Aramis Ramirez delivered back-to-back sacrifice flies to plate the first two runs of the game. Ramirez (1-for-2 with a RBI) recorded his first hit and RBI of the spring.

Mike Fontenot made his spring debut at shortstop and finished the game 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored and a pair of RBI. The Cubs offense pounded out 12 hits (six doubles), scored 10 runs.

The Cubs got their work in, picked up a win and received good outings from Ryan Dempster and the rest of the pitching staff … the A’s managed only three runs on four hits Monday afternoon.

The A’s three runs came off of home runs by Kurt Suzuki in the fourth off of Sean Marshall and by Josh Donaldson in the eighth. The two-run homer by the former Cub farm hand came in the bottom of the eighth off of Tom Gorzelanny.

Esmailin Caridad completed his second inning of the spring on Monday. Caridad has retired all six batters he has faced in two games.

The Cubs third run came in the fifth after a lead off double by Ryan Theriot. Kosuke Fukudome walked. Theriot advanced to third on a fly out to center by Derrek Lee. With two outs and Marlon Byrd at the plate, Jason Jennings uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Theriot to score from third.

The Cubs broke the game open in the seventh after Mike Fontenot led off with a single to center. Fautino De Los Santos then gave up a double to center to James Adduci.

With Kevin Millar at the plate, De Los Santos uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Fontenot to score. Kevin Millar walked and with runners on first and third and no outs, Chad Tracy singled to right. Adduci scored, 5-1 Cubs.

Tyler Colvin reached on a fielding error by the A’s shortstop that allowed Millar to score.

Brad Snyder walked to load the bases … with no outs.

Micah Hoffpauir grounded into a force out off of Bobby Cassevah that allowed Chad Tracy to score … Snyder was forced at second.

Chris Robinson was hit by a pitch to reload the bases. Bobby Scales grounded out to second but the A’s could not turn the double play. Colvin scored and Hoffpauir advanced to third.

With two outs, Mike Fontenot plated Hoffpauir and Scales with a double to right … 10-1, Cubs.

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Randy Wells is scheduled to start his second game of the spring on Tuesday against the Brewers at HoHoKam Park. Jeff Suppan will make his second start of the spring for Milwaukee.

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