Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine – Cubs 8, Giants 5
WP – Phil Coke (1-0) LP – Steven Okert (0-1, BS 1) Save – Zac Rosscup (3)
The Cubs scored single runs in the first four innings against Tim Hudson and Kyle Hendricks was lights out through five innings. But Hendricks hit a wall in the sixth. The Giants scored five runs, all charged to Hendricks, and took the lead.
The Cubs grabbed the lead right back in the bottom of the sixth. Jorge Soler drove in the tying run and Starlin Castro delivered the game winner as the Cubs hung on and beat the Giants in Cactus League play on Monday afternoon.
Dexter Fowler, Chris Coghlan, Tommy La Stella and Jonathan Herrera made big contributions in Monday’s spring win. And even Kyle Hendricks got into the Cubs hit parade. The Cubs scored eight runs on 15 hits and four of the runs were driven in with two out hits.
Monday was a tale of two games for Kyle Hendricks. The first five innings Hendricks was on top of his game and even collected a couple of hits and scored two runs. He threw strikes with good location and kept the Giants off balance. Hendricks allowed only three hits in the first five frames.
The Cubs scored in the first inning Monday afternoon after Dexter Fowler (2-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and a RBI) tripled and Chris Coghlan (1-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) doubled him in. The Cubs made it 2-0 in the second after Kyle Hendricks (2-for-3 with two runs scored) singled to center with two down, advanced to second on a balk and scored on a Jonathan Herrera (3-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored) single to center.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base) reached with a one out single in the third. After Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with a RBI) struck out swinging, Rizzo swiped second with La Stella at the plate. Tommy La Stella (2-for-4 with a double and a RBI) doubled to left, Rizzo scored and the Cubs took a 3-0 lead.
Hendricks led off the fourth with his second hit of the game, a single to left. Herrera followed with a single to right and a wild pitch with Fowler at the plate advanced both runners ninety feet. Fowler hit a roller back up the middle that the Giants shortstop fielded and caught Herrera in a rundown in between second and third. Herrera was tagged out and Fowler was thrown out at second trying to advance during the rundown. Hendricks scored on the play, 4-0 Cubs.
After allowing only three hits in the first five innings, Kyle Hendricks took a 4-0 lead in to the sixth … and he appeared to run out of gas.
The Giants scored five runs, all earned, off Hendricks in the sixth. Hendricks recorded only one out, the first batter he faced in the inning. And Maddon had to go to his pen before Hendricks could complete the inning.
Joe Panik homered to right off Hendricks with one out in the sixth and that broke up the shutout. Casey McGehee followed with a single and Hendricks walked Hector Sanchez. Justin Maxwell singled to right and loaded the bases with one out.
Daniel Carbonell doubled to center. McGehee and Sanchez scored, 4-3 Cubs, and Maddon went to his pen with runners on second and third with one down.
Jorge De Leon replaced Hendricks and Joaquin Arias lifted a fly out to right that Jorge Soler hauled in for the second out. Maxwell tagged and scored. With the game tied at four and a man on third with two outs, Ehire Adrianza bunted toward third, Carbonell scampered in from third and the Giants took the lead. Matt Duffy hit for Braulio Lara and singled to center. With two on and two down, Maddon went back to his pen, this time for Phil Coke. And the veteran lefty struck out Gregor Blanco swinging to finally end the inning.
Kyle Hendricks was charged with five runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Steven Okert took over for the Giants in the bottom of the sixth with his team leading by one, 5-4. Jonathan Herrera led off and hit a chopper up the first baseline. Arias fielded the ball, made a weak toss to first and Herrera slid in head first ahead of the ball. Fowler was called out when he tried to bunt Herrera to second as the ball hit him while he was still in the box. Herrera advanced to second when Coghlan reached on an error by Arias at first base.
With runners on first and second with one out, Jorge Soler singled to center. Herrera scored, game tied at five. Rizzo flied out to left.
Starlin Castro picked up Rizzo with a single to center, Coghlan scored and the Cubs took a 6-5 lead. Tommy La Stella walked to load the bases. Juan Gutierrez replaced Okert and plunked pinch-hitter Welington Castillo. Soler scored, 7-5 Cubs.
Jason Motte put together his best outing of the spring with a 1-2-3 seventh inning. And Joseph Ortiz pitched a scoreless eighth.
The Cubs added to their lead in the eighth when Welington Castillo bunted in minor leaguer Ryan Dent.
Zac Rosscup struck out the side in the ninth and picked up his third spring save.
The Cubs make the trip back to Surprise on Tuesday and will face a Rangers split squad. Jon Lester is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game so Eric Jokisch will square off against Derek Holland in the Cactus League.