No Offense Behind Travis Wood – Cubs 1, Padres 5

Spring Game Twenty-Four – Cubs 1, Padres (SS) 5
WP – Anthony Bass (2-0) LP – Travis Wood (1-2) Save – None

After scoring a combined 22 runs on Thursday and Friday, the Cubs offense managed only one run on three hits (six total baserunners) against Padres pitching on Saturday afternoon at HoHoKam Park.

Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored) scored the Cubs only run after he doubled to start the second. Jeff Baker advanced him to third on a fly out to right and Darwin Barney drove Soriano in with a sac fly to center. The Cubs got ’em on, got ’em over and got ’em in … but that was the only run on the afternoon.

Travis Wood showed a lot of improvement and put together his best outing of the spring. Wood kept the Padres’ travel squad off the board for the first three innings before leaving with two on (first and third) and two outs in the fourth in a tie game (1-1).

Trever Miller could not get the job done and gave up a two-out, two-run double to Will Venable that allowed the Padres to take the lead … and in the process, closing the book on Travis Wood. The Cubs’ lefty allowed three runs on five hits with no walks, one strikeout and he hit two batters in 3 2/3 innings.

Randy Wells took over for Miller in the fifth and tossed 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball on Saturday afternoon. Wells appeared to be preparing for a job in the pen as he pitched from the stretch when there were no runners on base.

Scott Maine and Lendy Castillo threw scoreless innings on Saturday afternoon … and the Padres’ last two runs came in the ninth against Tony Zych, who was up from minor league camp for the day.

The Cubs’ defense was sloppy again Saturday and was charged with three more errors. The pitching staff hit three more batters and ran their Major League leading total to 20 hit batsmen in 24 spring games.

Travis Wood threw the ball a lot better in the first inning. Wood appeared to hit his spots as Welington Castillo had to barely move his glove. Wood gave up a two-out single to left to Yonder Alonso (0-1 pitch) but that was all for the Padres in the first inning (three groundball outs for Wood in the opening inning).

David DeJesus reached on an error by Yonder Alonso (Alonso backed up and allowed the ball to play him, it ended up in right field). Marlon Byrd smacked a 2-1 pitch back-up the middle that hit off the mound and was turned into a 4-3 double play. Blake DeWitt (2-1 pitch) grounded out to first for the third out.

Wood picked up in the second where he left off in the first. Other that a mistake to Jeremy Hermida on a 1-2 pitch that resulted in a double down the left field line, Wood was sharp and finished the second by striking out Jonathan Galvez swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs got on the board with a manufactured run in the bottom of the second.

Alfonso Soriano led off the second with a double off the top of the wall in left (1-0 pitch). Jeff Baker hit the first pitch from Anthony Bass to the corner in right. Hermida caught the ball on the track and Soriano tagged from second. With Soriano on third and one out, Darwin Barney hit a 1-0 pitch into center. Soriano tagged and scored … get him on, get him over and get him in, 1-0 Cubs. Joe Mather flied out to center.

At the end of two, the Cubs led 1-0.

The Padres put two on in the third against Travis Wood … but could not push across any runs. After Anthony Bass tapped back to Wood to start the inning, Wood hit Will Venable on a 1-2 pitch. Jedd Gyorko put together a long at bat that ended with him flying out to center (2-2 pitch) for the second out. Yonder Alonso singled to left (1-0 pitch) for the second time and Venable advanced to third. James Darnell popped out to second to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Anthony Bass in the third.

Travis Wood starting pitching from behind in the fourth and it cost him.

Yasmani Grandal led off the fourth with a single to center. Wood fell behind Hermida 2-1 before plunking him on the next pitch. With runners on first and second with no outs, Andy Parrino bailed Wood out of trouble when he fouled out to Jeff Baker on a 2-0 pitch. Jonathan Galvez looked at two straight out of the zone before ripping a 3-2 pitch into left. Soriano fielded the ball cleanly and threw to the plate. Welington Castillo could not handle the second hop, the ball rolled past him. Grandal scored and Hermida ended up at third on the error.

With the game tied at one and with runners on first and third with one down, Bass bunted back to Wood. The lefty threw to second and forced Galvez. Hermida held at third and Sveum went to the pen.

Trever Miller took over for Travis Wood and gave up a double to right center on a 2-1 pitch to Will Venable. Marlon Byrd fumbled the ball which allowed two runs to score and Venable to end up at third. Jedd Gyorko tapped back to Miller (1-2 pitch) to finally end the inning.

Anthony Bass retired the Cubs in order (again) in the bottom of the fourth.

Trever Miller started the fifth and retired Yonder Alonso on a grounder to short. Randy Wells was summoned from the pen and retired Darnell and Grandal to end the inning.

Micah Owings replaced Bass in the home half of the fifth and ended up facing the minimum. Darwin Barney worked a one-out walk but Joe Mather hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

Randy Wells started the sixth by giving up a single to left to Jeremy Hermida (1-1 pitch). Lee Orr ran for Hermida and was doubled off first when Andy Parrino hit a liner to short. Barney caught the ball at the height of his leap and threw to first to complete the double play. Wells fell behind Galvez 3-0 before inducing a grounder to third (3-2 pitch) for the third out.

The Cubs did nothing against Micah Owings in the sixth.

At the end of six, the Cubs trailed 3-1 and had just one hit and one walk.

Scott Maine pitched the seventh and did not allow the Padres to tack on. Maine struggled with his command and issued a one-out walk to Raymond Fuentes. Maine struck out Gyorko as Fuentes stole second. Nathan Freiman fouled out to Jeff Baker for the last out in the seventh.

Marlon Byrd blooped a single into left to start the seventh. Blake DeWitt ripped Micah Owings’ first pitch into right. Soriano flied out to right, Byrd tagged and advanced to third. Baker squared on a 2-1 pitch and let the ball go through. Byrd broke for the plate, retreated as DeWitt broke for second. DeWitt was caught in a run down. Byrd then broke for home and was thrown out. Jeff Baker fouled out to the Padres’ first baseman down the right field line to end the inning.

Lendy Castillo walked two in the eighth, struck out one and did not allow a hit or a run.

Ernesto Frieri retired Darwin Barney and Joe Mather quickly to start the eighth. Frieri plunked Welington Castillo on a 2-2 pitch but struck out Reed Johnson swinging on three pitches for the final out in the eighth.

At the end of eight, the Cubs trailed 3-1 and had just three hits.

The Padres tacked on two runs in the ninth against Tony Zych. Zych made the short trip up to HoHoKam from minor league camp for the day.

The Cubs did nothing in the ninth against Miles Mikolas … exhibition game over.

With Saturday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 2-10 at HoHoKam Park this spring.

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The Cubs make the trip to Goodyear on Sunday to face the Indians … Rodrigo Lopez against Jeanmar Gomez while Ryan Dempster makes his start in a minor league game at Fitch Park.

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