Spring Training Game Six – Cubs 3, Padres 6
WP – Andrew Cashner (1-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (0-1) Save – Jose Valverde (1)
After tossing a 1-2-3 first inning, two Cubs errors opened the door for the Padres in the second inning and Edwin Jackson could not close it. Jackson gave up four runs in a long second inning with the big blast coming off the bat of Will Middlebrooks, a three-run homer. The Cubs could not dig out of the early hole and slipped to 0-5-1 in the exhibition season.
Edwin Jackson struggled in his first start of the spring as he tries to earn a role on the Cubs’ roster. Jackson retired the Padres in order to start the game, but back-to-back errors by Starlin Castro and Jackson to start the second was too much for him to pitch around. The Padres batted around in the second inning as Jackson threw 27 pitches in the frame and the Padres scored four runs on four hits. Jackson did not walk a batter and struck out one.
Kyle Hendricks tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Jackson. Hendricks gave up three hits while not walking a batter and striking out one.
Jason Motte was touched up for two runs on three hits with a strikeout in two-thirds of an inning. Yonder Alonso took Motte deep to center with one out in the fifth and Abraham Almonte singled in Jedd Gyorko with the second run off Motte.
Hector Rondon and Pedro Strop each pitched an inning with similar results. Rondon struck out a pair and gave up a hit in the sixth and Strop struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh.
C.J. Edwards made his first appearance of the spring. Edwards struck out the first two batters he faced before retiring Brett Wallace on a grounder to second base for the third out. And Justin Grimm allowed a hit but faced the minimum in the ninth.
Cubs’ pitching did not issue a free pass on Monday and struck out 11 batters.
Mike Olt (1-for-1 with a home run) broke up the Padres’ spring no-hit bid and shutout with an opposite field homer to start the fifth, his second longball in the Cactus League.
Jonathan Herrera (1-for-3 with a RBI) drove in David Ross (1-for-3 with a run scored) with a single in the fifth. And Miguel Montero (1-for-3 with a home run) cracked his first longball in a Cubs’ uniform with one out in the sixth.
Kris Bryant (1-for-1 with a walk), Dexter Fowler (1-for-3) and Chris Coghlan (0-for-1 with two walks) reached base in Monday’s loss.
The Cubs did not manage a hit against Andrew Cashner in his three innings of work. Cashner issued a walk and struck out three batters. As a team, the Cubs struck out 10 times and worked six walks.
The Cubs scored three runs on six hits and finished the afternoon 2-for-10 with RISP while leaving nine men on base.
The Cubs travel to Goodyear on Tuesday to take on the Cleveland Indians. Travis Wood is scheduled to make his second spring start. Terry Francona will give the ball to Trevor Bauer.