Spring Training Game Twenty-Two – Cubs 0, Rangers 5
WP – Derek Holland (3-1) LP – Kyle Hendricks (0-2) Save – None
Kyle Hendricks was touched up the third time through the lineup Wednesday afternoon. Hendricks gave up two runs in the fifth inning while Joe Maddon’s travel team could not string together any hits as the Cubs lost to the Rangers on Wednesday afternoon in Surprise.
Kyle Hendricks was sharp through four innings. Hendricks worked well with Tim Federowicz, found a rhythm in the second inning and kept the ball down. The Cubs defense turned two double plays behind him in the fourth and fifth before Hendricks faced the Rangers for the third time.
With two outs in the fifth, Hanser Alberto doubled to left center. Ian Desmond launched a deep fly to center. The ball sailed over Matt Szczur’s head and one-hopped the wall. Alberto scored and Desmond raced in on a bloop single to left by Prince Fielder. Hendricks struck out Adrian Beltre swinging to end the fifth … and his afternoon.
Kyle Hendricks struck out four in a row at one point and finished with five strikeouts on the afternoon. Hendricks allowed two runs on seven hits with a walk on 83 pitches, 60 for strikes, in five frames.
Manny Parra and Spencer Patton were very good once again out of the bullpen. Parra tossed a scoreless sixth, gave up a hit and struck out a batter. Patton was perfect in the seventh … three-up, three-down with two strikeouts.
Adam Warren did not appear as locked in Wednesday as he had in previous outings. An error by Logan Watkins led to two of the three runs Warren was charged with to be unearned. Warren gave up two hits, struck out a batter and uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Edwin Garcia to scamper in with the Rangers fourth run of the game.
Cubs’ pitching gave up five runs, three earned, on 10 hits with a walk and nine strikeouts.
Kyle Schwarber (2-for-4 with a stolen base) had two of the Cubs five hits and was credited with a stolen base in the fourth inning. Schwarber took off for first base early. Prince Fielder’s throw to second hit Schwarber in the back.
Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-3 with a walk) was on base twice and Kyle Hendricks (1-for-1 with a sac bunt) collected a hit in the third inning.
The Cubs only scoring chance came in the third. Kawasaki singled to center. Minor leaguer Jason Vosler walked. Hendricks squared to bunt, pulled the bat back and singled to center. Gary Jones waved in Kawasaki. Ian Desmond was playing shallow, charged the ball and threw a strike to the plate. The play was not close. Kawasaki was out by a mile. Addison Russell flied out to right and Kris Negron was caught looking to end the inning.
Jorge Soler (1-for-3) had another inconsistent afternoon at the ballpark. Soler appeared to take a good route in the seventh and made a diving catch to take away a hit from Luis Marte. In was the second inning that was a big issue that Joe Maddon must address.
Soler led off the second inning with a single to left off Derek Holland, Cubs first hit of the game. Tim Federowicz just missed hitting a home run to center. Ian Desmond raced back and made a nice catch. Desmond lollipopped his throw in. Soler jogged from second to first and did not slide into the base. Soler was doubled off for the second out.
The Cubs were shutout for the second time this spring after managing five hits, all singles.
With Wednesday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 7-14-1 in Cactus League play.
The Cubs hit the road again Thursday and make the trip to Scottsdale for a game under the lights (6:05pm CDT) with the Giants. Jake Arrieta is scheduled to face Madison Bumgarner.