Spring Training Game Twenty – Cubs (ss) 3, White Sox 15
WP – Gavin Floyd (1-1) LP – Scott Feldman (0-2) Save – Dylan Axelrod (1)
The Cubs completed their spring slate with the White Sox on Friday afternoon in Glendale … and the Sox took batting practice against Cubs’ pitching for the second time in the Cactus League.
The Sox pounded the Cubs to the tune of 15-3 after beating the Northsiders 8-3 last Thursday. In the two games against Cubs pitching this spring, the Sox scored 23 runs on 29 hits, six home runs, 12 walks and only 11 strikeouts.
Scott Feldman had a bad day. Feldman lived up in the zone and the Sox offense took advantage. Feldman was charged with seven runs on seven hits, one home run, with a hit batsman, two walks and two strikeouts. Dale Sveum lifted Feldman with two on and two outs in the fourth. Hector Rondon replaced Feldman and after walking Paul Konerko to load the bases, he served up a grand slam to Dayan Viciedo.
Sveum used minor league pitchers for the last four innings, and they did not fare any better than the big leaguers. Frank Batista gave up a run on a hit (Dewayne Wise solo home run) in his inning of work while Zac Rosscup walked the bases loaded without recording an out. Tony Zych allowed three inherited runners to score and was charged with one of his own on two hits in an inning. Marcus Hatley was the only Cubs’ pitcher that did not allow a run on Friday afternoon. Hatley gave up a pair of hits but kept the White Sox from tacking on in the seventh. Trey McNutt gave up a run on one hit and two walks in the eighth.
The Cubs offense was pretty much held in check on Friday. Starlin Castro (1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base) scored the Cubs only run over the first eight innings on a bloop single off the bat of Dioner Navarro (2-for-3 with a RBI) in the fourth. Nate Schierholtz (2-for-4) added a pair of hits to his spring resume, and Brian Bogusevic went 1-for-3 at the dish. Brad Nelson (1-for-3) notched the Cubs only extra base hit until minor leaguer John Andreoli (1-for-1 with a home run and two RBI) took Dylan Axelrod deep in the ninth. Andreoli’s two run homer capped the scoring for the Cubs.
The Cubs offense managed three runs on nine hits with two walks (both by Darwin Barney) and eight strikeouts on the afternoon.
The Cubs went through the motions at Camelback Ranch, and at least no one was added to the injury list after the practice game.
Scott Feldman dodged a bullet in the first inning after issuing a two-out walk to Adam Dunn (ahead 1-2). Paul Konerko followed with a single to right (1-2 pitch). Feldman had problems again putting hitters away after he was ahead in the count. Dayan Viciedo lined out to Nelson to end the inning.
Feldman plunked Brent Morel to start the second … and his outing went downhill from there. Jordan Danks, who had one RBI on the spring prior to Friday’s game, stepped in and launched a two-run homer to right. Feldman settled down and retired Gimenez, Beckham and Wise in order to end the inning.
Adam Dunn reached on a one-out single to right (3-0 pitch) in the third. Paul Konerko followed with a double to left center. Dunn lumbered around to third with one down. Dayan Viciedo doubled to right and plated both Dunn and Konerko … 4-0 Sox. Brent Morel popped out to second but Jordan Danks stuck it to the Cubs again. Danks blooped a double into left that plated Viciedo with the Sox fifth run. Gimenez flied out to left to end the inning.
The Cubs finally got on the board in the fourth. Starlin Castro singled to right center on a 2-1 pitch. Nate Schierholtz struck out swinging on a 3-2 pitch, but Castro ran with the pitch and swiped second. Scott Hairston grounded out to third. Dioner Navarro blooped a single into left center that plated Castro with the Cubs’ first run. Brian Bogusevic reached on an error by Alexei Ramirez but Floyd caught Darnell McDonald looking to end the inning.
Scott Feldman retired Beckham and Dewayne Wise to start the fourth. Alexei Ramirez doubled to right center. Feldman then walked Adam Dunn to put runners on first and second with two down. Dale Sveum made the slow walk and went to his pen for Hector Rondon.
Rondon walked Paul Konerko to load the bases for Dayan Viciedo. Rondon then caught too much of the plate on a 1-2 pitch to Viciedo and the slugger deposited the ball over the wall in center. Viciedo’s granny put the Sox up 9-1. Rondon surrendered a single to Morel before retiring Danks on a flyout to center to end the inning.
The Sox scored a run in the fifth off Frank Batista, four in the sixth off Zac Rosscup and Tony Zych and one more in the eight off Trey McNutt.
The Cubs lone highlight of the game came in the ninth inning courtesy of minor leaguer John Andreoli. Andreoli launched a two-run homer to left off Dylan Axelrod. Ty Wright, also up for the day from minor league camp, was on board for the ride.
Saturday is another split squad day for the Cubs. Half of the Cubs’ roster will face the Rangers at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Jeff Samardzija against Nick Tepesch, while the other half will host the Royals at HoHoKam Park, Hisanori Takahashi against Bruce Chen.