Spring Game Eleven – Cubs 2, Brewers 10
WP – Randy Wolf (2-0) LP – Travis Wood (1-1) Save – None
… And once again Randy Wells is an afterthought. Randy Wells put together another strong spring outing but his effort will be lost in the horrible performances by Travis Wood and Casey Coleman.
In his first start of the spring, Randy Wells tossed three innings of shutout ball against a Brewers’ lineup that was minus Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez. Wells allowed only two hits to the Brewers’ spring travel team and did not walk or strikeout a batter. Wells kept the ball on the ground and recorded six groundball outs.
Wells left after three complete and turned the exhibition game over to Travis Wood.
The Brewers pounded Travis Wood to the tune of six runs, five earned, on three hits in 1/3 of an inning. Wood struck out a batter but walked two and hit another. Wood could not throw strikes and fell behind early and often before Dale Sveum decided he had seen enough.
Casey Coleman started the fifth after Manny Corpas bailed Wood out of trouble in the fourth. Coleman nibbled around the plate again and gave up four runs on five hits with two walks and no strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Travis Wood and Casey Coleman gave up a combined 10 runs, nine earned, on eight hits with four walks, a hit batsman and one strikeout in two innings … and both pitchers likely punched their ticket to Iowa to begin the season.
Trever Miller put together another scoreless outing and Lendy Castillo pitched the last two innings in his fourth appearance of the spring. Castillo did not allow any runs or hits but walked two in the ninth.
The Cubs offense was pretty much non-existent Wednesday afternoon. The Cubs managed just two runs on six hits with four walks. Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a double), Ian Stewart (1-for-1 with a double, a walk and a RBI), Jeff Baker (1-for-3 with a RBI) and Anthony Rizzo (1-for-2) provided the Cubs’ limited offense. Randy Wells made quick work of the Brewers in the first inning … three up, three down with two groundball outs (Aoki grounded out to short to start the game and Morgan grounded out to first).
The top of the Cubs lineup did nothing against Randy Wolf in the home half of the first.
Alex Gonzalez led off the second with a single to left. Mat Gamel followed with a grounder to second. Baker fielded and tossed to Castro but Castro’s throw was late and low. Gamel reached and took second on a pitch in the dirt with George Kottaras at the plate. The Brewers’ catcher grounded out to second, Gamel advanced to third but was stranded when Carlos Gomez lined out to center.
Ian Stewart worked a walk to start the second. Jeff Baker hit a 3-2 pitch to deep center. Stewart went back to first, tagged and advanced to second on the play. Geovany Soto struck out looking and Reed Johnson flied out to right on the first pitch to end the inning.
Randy Wells ended up facing the minimum in the third. Cesar Izturis grounded out to second to begin the inning. Randy Wolf lined a single into center past Wells’ head. Aoki hit a grounder to Anthony Rizzo that he turned into a 3-6-3 inning ending double play.
Rizzo led off the bottom of the third with a single to right center off Randy Wolf. Wells hit for himself and tried to sacrifice Rizzo to second. Wells bunted right back to Wolf and the veteran southpaw threw to second to force Rizzo. Wells took over at first but was stranded when DeJesus stuck out swinging and Byrd flied out to right.
Travis Wood’s afternoon began on a positive note. Wood struck out Nyjer Morgan to begin the fourth … but that would be the only out he recorded. Wood issued back-to-back walks to Rickie Weeks and Alex Gonzalez then hit Gamel on a 2-1 pitch to load the bases.
George Kottaras launched a 2-1 pitch over Byrd’s head in center that cleared the bases … 3-0 Brewers. The Cubs’ defense then let Wood down.
Carlos Gomez hit a liner into left that Reed Johnson misplayed. The ball hit off Johnson’s glove as he tried to leap and catch the ball. Kottaras ended up at third and Gomez had to stop at second on the miscue.
Cesar Izturis ripped a 0-2 pitch over Johnson’s head in left. Kottaras and Gomez scored, 5-0 Brewers. Randy Wolf then collected his second hit of the day, a single to left center. Izturis scored on the play … 6-0 Brewers.
Dale Sveum had seen enough at that point and went to the mound. Manny Corpas was summoned from the pen to close out the fourth.
Corpas struck out Aoki and retired Morgan on a groundout to short. The Brewers sent 10 to the plate in the fourth and Nyjer Morgan made two of the three outs.
The Cubs’ offense tried to make a ‘game‘ of it in the bottom of the fourth.
Starlin Castro hit a double into right center to start the inning. Ian Stewart then launched a 1-2 pitch off the wall in left. Castro scored, 6-1 Brewers. Jeff Baker singled to center … and Stewart scored the Cubs’ final run of the game.
Geovany Soto flied out to right center for the first out. Reed Johnson blooped a single into center. With runners on first and second with one out, Rizzo struck out swinging and Bobby Scales (hitting for Corpas) tapped back to Wolf to end the inning.
Casey Coleman took the hill in the bottom of the fourth … and Joe Mather replaced Stewart at third.
Rickie Weeks greeted Coleman by ripping a 0-2 pitch off the batter’s eye in center. Alex Gonzalez followed with a bloop single. Weeks held at third with no outs. Coleman then walked Mat Gamel to load the bases with no outs.
George Kottaras’ huge day continued. Kottaras hit his second double of the day with the bases loaded. Weeks and Gonzalez scored, 8-2 Brewers. With runners on second and third with no outs, Gomez popped out to third (3-2 pitch). Coleman walked Izturis to reload the bases.
Brooks Conrad hit for Randy Wolf and lined out to DeJesus in right. Gamel tagged and scored from third … 9-1 Brewers. Coleman retired Aoki on a grounder to second to end the inning.
Josh Butler took over for the Brewers to start the fifth … and issued a leadoff walk to David DeJesus. Marlon Byrd singled to center (3-2 pitch) but Castro flied out to center (1-2 pitch) and Joe Mather hit into a 6-4-3 inning ending double play.
Dale Sveum started making changes in the sixth. Dave Sappelt (CF), James Adduci (RF), Alfredo Amezaga (SS) and Welington Castillo (C) replaced the starters while Casey Coleman was left in to start the inning.
Coleman retired Morgan (pop out to first) and Eric Farris (groundout to short) before giving up a two-out single to Alex Gonzalez. Edwin Maysonet ran for Gonzalez and scored the Brewers’ tenth run on a double to left center by Mat Gamel.
At that point, Sveum went to his pen and brought in Trever Miller.
The veteran southpaw retired George Kottaras on a fly out to deep center (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Jose Veras in the sixth.
Tony Campana (LF) and Adrian Cardenas (2B) entered the game prior to the top of the seventh and Trever Miller stayed in. Miller ended up facing the minimum after he hit Carlos Gomez to start the inning. Izturis grounded into a 4-6-3 double play and Martin Maldonado hit for Veras and grounded out to second to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against Jed Bradley in the seventh.
Josh Vitters (1B) stayed in after pinch-hitting in the seventh and Lendy Castillo entered the game in the top of the eighth … the Cubs’ battery was the Law Office of Castillo and Castillo.
Lendy Castillo sat down the Brewers in order in the eighth.
The Cubs offense could not capitalize on back-to-back two out walks in the bottom of the eighth. Santo Manzanillo retired Sappelt and Amezaga quickly to start the inning. After back-to-back walks to Mather and Cardenas, Welington Castillo flied out to right center.
Lendy Castillo retired three of the five batters he faced in the ninth. Castillo struggled with his command and issued two free passes before retiring Anderson De La Rosa on a fly out to center for the third out.
The Cubs did nothing against Daniel Meadows in the ninth … exhibition game over.
The Cubs play their first split squad games of the spring Thursday. Ryan Dempster will face Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks at HoHoKam while Rodrigo Lopez and Jhoulys Chacin will start the Cubs-Rockies game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
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