The Cubs Scratch One Out on Ron Santo Day – Cubs 2 Indians 1

Spring Training Game Thirteen – Cubs 2 Indians 1
WP – Andrew Cashner (1-0) LP – Vinnie Pestano (0-1) Save – None

wflag.jpgFor the third time in the last six games Q’s crew won an exhibition game in their last at bat. The Cubs offense was non-existent Thursday afternoon. They managed only four hits but two of those came in the bottom of the ninth.

James Adduci beat out a grounder to short to start the ninth. Fernando Perez attempted to sacrifice Adduci into scoring position. Perez bunted back to the pitcher, who tried to force Adduci at second. Adduci beat the throw … and the Cubs appeared to be in business.

After Scott Moore and Josh Vitters popped out to left and right, Brett Jackson stepped to the plate.

The Cubs’ top prospect ripped a two-out single into left that plated Adduci with the game-winner.

The Cubs offense did not manage a baserunner until the sixth inning, a one-out walk by Koyie Hill. Andrew Cashner then broke up the Indians’ no-hit bid with a single through the hole at short, also in the sixth.

While the offense was struggling at the plate, Cubs’ pitching was busy keeping the Indians off the bases.

Randy Wells put together an excellent start. Wells threw strikes and allowed only two baserunners in his four innings of work. Wells continued to make his case for one of the two available spots in the Cubs’ rotation.

Kerry Wood took over in the fifth and gave up a leadoff single before striking out the side.

The Indians only run came against Andrew Cashner … a solo home run by Jayson Nix in the sixth. After the Nix blast, Cashner settled down and made his case for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation.

Wells, Wood and Cashner had an excellent afternoon and the offense did just enough on Ron Santo Day at HoHoKam Park.

The Cubs honored Ron Santo in pre-game ceremonies Thursday. The players wore hats donning the No. 10 in warm-ups but were not allowed to wear them when the game began. Santo’s family was on hand and his daughter threw out the first pitch to Kerry Wood.

The Cubs placed a plaque in Santo’s honor near his seat in the broadcast booth where he helped call Cubs’ Spring Training Baseball.

When the game started, the lack of offense quickly became a concern. The Indians (Justin Masterson and Jeanmar Gomez retired the first 16 Cubs they faced, eight on strikeouts.

Koyie Hill was the Cubs’ first baserunner Thursday afternoon … a one-out walk in the sixth. Hill did not stay on the bases long. Andrew Cashner squared to bunt, pulled the bat back and attempted to hit a ball through the right side of the infield. Hill was running on the play and after Cashner swung and missed, Hill was thrown out at second.

Cashner kept the inning alive with a single to left … the Cubs first hit of the game. Kosuke Fukudome fouled out to third to end the inning.

It appeared that Jayson Nix’s homer in the sixth would hold up with the way the Cubs were not making contact.

Marquez Smith hit a double down the left field line with one out in the eighth. With Matt Camp at the plate, Frank Herrmann uncorked a wild pitch on a 2-2 offering. Smith broke from third and tied the game at one when Chun-Hsiu Chen’s throw ended up in left field.

Andrew Cashner retired the Indians in order in the top of the ninth and set it up for the walk-off in the ninth.

Randy Wells took positive steps forward once again Thursday afternoon. Wells kept the Indians off balance in his four innings of work. Wells retired the side in the first on 16 pitches, 10 for strikes. It took Wells 22 pitches, 13 for strikes, to get through the second. Wells walked Travis Buck with two outs, the first baserunner in the game.

Wells surrendered his first hit in the third but faced only four batters. Wells threw 15 pitches in the third, 11 for strikes.

After a 10-pitch fourth (five for strikes), Wells departed after throwing a total of 63 pitches, 39 for strikes.

Kerry Wood continued his solid spring Thursday. Wood gave up a hit but struck out the side on 15 pitches, 11 for strikes.

The Cubs ended their two-game spring losing streak … it is time for the offense to start making consistent contact and finding green.

Box Score from MLB.com

The Cubs face the White Sox for the first time in 2011 on Friday afternoon. Ryan Dempster against Mark Buehrle

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  • jw

    I am very happy that they won this game seeing as how it was Ron Santo day. He would be very happy.

  • jw

    I don’t know if anyone has noticed but Kerry Wood has had a very nice spring so far…Wells looks like he wants a spot in the rotation. Cashner will come North as well.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      JW, I have noticed and have tried to point that out every time he’s pitched. Wood has been one of the positives so far. Same can be said about Sean Marshall, he just goes out and pitches boring innings.

      Cashner will break camp with the big league team. At this point I would say in the rotation. As the fifth starter, they would be able to watch Cashner’s innings which will be a plus.

      • GrantJones7

        Neil i am very worried the Cubs will take Silva and knock Wells (VERY undeservedly) or Cashner (ruins his starting rythem and could hurt career..ie Shark and Joba), which is very worrysome, and itl only be because of money

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Grant, I am right there with you on keeping Silva just because of the money. I discussed the same with someone that emailed me tonight.

          They have to get Silva on track, if nothing else to find a taker for him. Good thing is the Cubs owe him $8 million of his $11.5 million, plus a $2 million buyout for next year.

          I keep hoping the Yankees will come calling … not just because of the money but Rothschild got a lot out of Silva last year in the first half.

          • GrantJones7

            I just hope they do something, anything to not have him start over those 2

          • Tony_Hall

            Neil – On Cot’s they show the Silva’s deal as the Mariners paying $3.5M in 2010 and $5.5M in 2011, of his $11.5M salary. You have it with $5.5M in 2010 and $3.5M in 2011. Which one is correct?

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Tony, I will look into it.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Tony, I looked into Silva’s contract and it appears I was wrong. I’ve had those numbers for a while. I do not know if new information became available. But I have corrected the 40-man roster.

            Thank you for catching my mistake.

          • Tony_Hall

            This does make Silva’s contract more friendly. $6M in 2011 and $2M buyout in 2012. IF, he can look decent before ST ends, they may be able to find a team willing to take him on and the Cubs may get a few million back.

            IF, he continues to stink up the joint, then cutting him and paying the $6M, this year and $2M buyout for 2012, is not as big of a deal.

            Either way, I hope they don’t head north with him.

            Neil – I am sure you were right, and it got updated on Cot’s, There is no way you can constantly check all of the information you post on the 40 man roster page.

            Thanks for the follow-up and your great site.

      • jw

        Neil;

        You are a very good journalist (few left) withholding your views while reporting but I always pay special attention when you add comments. My comments are not original but a reinforcement of the observations you have already reported on…it takes some of us a while to catch up!

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          JW, thank you very much. I was trying to reinforce your point. Wood has pitched very well. I’ve also liked what I’ve seen from Marmol, Marshall (as mentioned) and Scott Maine. The backend of the pen could be very good.

  • Tom U

    I’m sorry for this post being out of context, This is a response to a question from Willy a couple of days ago that I haven’t been able to get to.

    I know the rosters pretty well for the minor league teams and I’ve researched the rosters for the rookie and Dominican League teams for Miguel Alex and have not been able to find him.

    I’ll keep my eye out for his name, and when I see something, I’ll post some information

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Hood/100000706523521 Richard Hood

      Hey Tom has there been in news of the Cuban kids that we signed yet from minors camp ?

      • Tom U

        Currently, they are on the roster for the Dominican League teams. That can change after spring training when some of the other rosters shake out.

  • Cheryl

    With the pitching that Wells has done I’m less worried about him then Cashner. Silva needs a good outing, but I doubt it will happen. If it does happen, then Cashner may suffer. I’d rather have him down in the minors as a starter then going to the bullpen at this point.

  • garrett

    Is there any chance that Matt Camp can make this team out of spring training? And if he doesn’t where will he start

    • Tom U

      Good job Garrett, you beat me to the punch! Matt Camp is hitting .417 and has played third, short, second and outfield. If he doesn’t make the big league roster, he’ll return to AAA Iowa. Most times, he’ll line up at second, but he will also be used all around the field.

      • garrett

        Ok thanks for the tip