Spring Training Game Seventeen – Cubs 7, Dodgers 5
WP – Jake Arrieta (2-1) LP – Brandon McCarthy (0-1) Save – Joseph Ortiz (1)
Chris Coghlan, Jorge Soler and Albert Almora drove in six runs. Arismendy Alcantara and Addison Russell scored three times and Jake Arrieta survived a shaky outing as the Cubs beat the Dodgers for the second time on the spring Wednesday afternoon in Glendale.
The Cubs jumped on Brandon McCarthy early and scored five runs in the first two innings. Arismendy Alcantara (1-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored) tripled with one out in the first and scored on an Anthony Rizzo (0-for-4 with a RBI) groundout to first base.
David Ross (2-for-4 with a double and a run scored) led off the second with a double, moved to third on an Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a run scored) single to center. Albert Almora, who was a late addition to the lineup subbing for Matt Szczur, doubled to right center. Ross and Russell scored, 3-0 Cubs. After Jake Arrieta failed to get the bunt down, Almora trotted home when Chris Coghlan (1-for-3 with a home run, sac fly and three RBI) cracked a two-run homer to right off Brandon McCarthy.
Albert Almora doubled to right to start the inning. Almora slid in headfirst at second base just ahead of Yasiel Puig’s throw. Jimmy Rollins dropped the ball or the hustling Almora might have been out. Arrieta bunted Almora to third and Chris Coghlan lifted a fly to center that allowed Almora to tag and score from third.
The Cubs last run came in the seventh courtesy of Jorge Soler. Arismendy Alcantara reached on a wild pitch after he struck out swinging on a ball in the dirt. Sergio Santos threw the ball down the right field line and Alcantara ended up at second base. Anthony Rizzo struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) but Soler put together an excellent at bat and picked up his teammate. Soler singled to right on a 1-2 pitch, Alcantara scored and gave the Cubs a 7-5 lead.
The Cubs scored seven runs on 13 hits without a walk and struck out 10 times. On the afternoon, Maddon’s men went 4-for-13 with RISP and left seven runners on base.
Jake Arrieta had a rough outing and appeared to have problems getting on the same page as David Ross. The Dodgers every day lineup with Andre Ethier as the team’s DH squared up Arrieta over the four innings he pitched Wednesday afternoon. Arrieta threw too many hittable strikes – his location was just off enough for the Dodgers to take advantage on a hitter’s day at Camelback Ranch.
Arrieta avoided trouble in the first inning after giving up a leadoff to Jimmy Rollins but gave up four runs in the second on a pair of hits, two walks and a three-run homer off the bat of Joc Pederson. The Dodgers fifth run scored in the fourth after a Juan Uribe single and a Joc Pederson double. Arrieta caught A.J. Ellis looking (2-2 pitch) for the first out and struck out Jimmy Rollins swinging (1-2 pitch) on a ball in the dirt. Ross could not smother the ball and it bounced up the first baseline. Uribe scampered in from third. Arrieta struck out Carl Crawford to end the inning – and actually struck out the side to end his afternoon.
Jake Arrieta was charged with five runs on seven hits with two walks, a costly wild pitch and five strikeouts. Arrieta threw 72 pitches over four innings.
C.J. Edwards cooled off the Dodgers in relief of Arrieta. Edwards pitched two scoreless innings on Wednesday. Edwards gave up two hits but did not walk or strikeout a batter.
Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon got their work in. It wasn’t pretty. Both relievers labored through their appearances but kept the Dodgers off the board. Strop issued a four-pitch walk, gave up a hit and struck out two in the seventh. And Rondon surrendered a hit but no walks while striking out two in the eighth.
Joseph Ortiz notched the spring save after allowing a hit in the ninth.
The Cubs play two on Thursday. First is a ‘B-Game’ with the Angels at Sloan Park. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to start the day game and Edwin Jackson gets the ball in the nightcap (8:40pm CDT) in Scottsdale against Rubby De La Rosa and the Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields.
Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies have the night game on Comcast SportsNet. Mick Gillispie and Ron Coomer will call the game on Cubs.com.