A Rain-Shortened Practice for the Cubs

Spring Training Game Twenty-Six – Cubs 7 Angels 4
Called After Top of 4th inning

The Cubs and Angels suited up on a cold and rainy day in Tempe … and tried to get the exhibition game in before the rains came. The game was called after 3 1/2 innings with the Cubs up by a score of 7-4.

Carlos Pena gave the Cubs an early lead in the first with a three-run shot over the wall in right field. And Starlin Castro continued his hot spring with a RBI triple in the second. Castro drove in what would have been his 13th RBI of the spring. The Cubs tacked on a pair in the top of the fourth on a win blown double by Geovany Soto. Right after Soto was thrown out at third to end the fourth, the game was called.

Andrew Cashner had a rough outing in the bad weather. Cashner gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and four over the three innings he pitched … on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Cashner was able to get ahead in the count to a majority of the batters he faced but could not put them away.

Cashner said he had trouble gripping the ball in the weather.

Mike Quade left his regulars in for the duration of the glorified practice, while Mike Scioscia removed his starters after one at bat and in most cases, the Angels’ skipper did not allow them to run the bases.

With the threat of pending weather, Jered Weaver did not start the game. The Angels decided it was best for their ace to get his work in during a minor league game.

The Cubs took the same approach with James Russell and Kerry Wood. Russell and Wood were scheduled to throw in Monday’s game but the Cubs decided to leave them behind in Mesa to face minor leaguers at Fitch Park.

After Monday’s washout, the Cubs have eight Spring Training games remaining on the schedule.

Full Report on Andrew Cashner from Cubs.com

Box Score from MLB.com

The Cubs and Ryan Dempster travel to Camelback Ranch in Glendale to face Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers Tuesday.

Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax
  • paulcatanese

    I have to laugh a little about Soto. I sure wish someone had called the game for me after getting thrown out at third. Thats a long way to run and then have them call the game and you out on the same play, a long trip for nothing. Neil good coverage again. Were you there in the rain?

  • cubtex

    I’m surprised no comments ripping Cashner about not being able to grip the ball :)

    • cubtex

      OK.. Can’t resist….. Isn’t the ball the same in every major league park???
      Do some parks use different leather on the ball??
      Is the rain a different texture in Arizona than in say…Florida??
      Maybe the dry air of Arizona causes the ball to more slippery than the humidity in Florida???
      Maybe the combination of the different pitchers mound makes the ball more slippery??
      Congruent pitchers mounds and slippery baseballs around the MLB’s are an endangerment to every pitcher in baseball!!! Something needs to be done immediately!

      • paulcatanese

        They did,they called the game!!!!!

      • BillyFinT

        I feel that this is an argument about religion, or is it better to be a Republican or a Democrat? Why sweat over spring training occurrences? We can believe whatever projection we want, but its base comes down to logic and facts, not all the above. 2cents.

  • matt


    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Matt, no I have not.

  • Wickitkevin


    Were you listen to Round trip? Did you hear what Grant had to say about the Cubs when I Asked about them?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I came in at the tail end, can you put up a recap? I heard what he said about Archer but missed his points on Lee.