Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight – Cubs 9, Athletics 5
WP – Jake Arrieta (1-0) LP – Sonny Gray (2-1) Save – None
Jake Arrieta completed five innings without any problems. Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, Matt Szczur, David Ross and Munenori Kawasaki homered and the five big flies accounted for all nine runs as the Cubs picked up a spring win against the Athletics on Tuesday at Sloan Park.
Jake Arrieta settled in after a shaky first inning. Arrieta appeared to struggle with his mechanics and gave up a run on one hit in the opening inning. Arrieta issued a two-out, four-pitch walk to Chris Coghlan. After his teammate swiped second base, Billy Butler doubled him in. Arrieta needed 28 pitches, 14 for strikes, to complete the first inning.
Arrieta was sharp in the second and third innings. Arrieta pitched a 1-2-3 second inning on 14 pitches, 10 for strikes, and made quick work of the A’s in the third. Arrieta made only 12 pitches, seven for strikes. Arrieta gave up a hit and walked Butler during a long fourth inning. But he finished his day with a strong three-up, three-down fifth inning.
Jake Arrieta allowed one run on two hits with a pair of walks Tuesday in his final tune-up before Opening Night. Arrieta struck out five and made 102 pitches, 61 for strikes.
Travis Wood replaced Arrieta in the sixth. Wood was touched up for a pair of home runs, one by Chris Coghlan in the sixth and the other by Josh Phegley in the seventh. Wood allowed two runs on four hits with a strikeout in two innings.
Pedro Strop pitched an uneventful eighth inning, a quick 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout.
Hector Rondon allowed two runs in the ninth on three hits and two sacrifice flies.
The Cubs tied the game at one in the bottom of the first. Kyle Schwarber (2-for-4 with a home run) led off with his first homer of the spring.
The game remained tied at one until the bottom of the fourth. Miguel Montero (2-for-2 with a double and a run scored) doubled with one out and was at second base when Russell went yard for the fifth time this spring.
Addison Russell (1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored) smoked a 1-1 pitch from Sonny Gray over the wall in center field.
After the A’s cut the Cubs lead to 3-2 in the sixth, the Cubs tacked on in the home half of the inning.
David Ross (1-for-2 with a home run) reached on an error by the A’s third baseman. Russell rolled into a 6-4 force out. Russell was at first base when Szczur stepped in.
Matt Szczur (3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBI and two runs scored) launched his second homer of the spring onto the berm in left.
The Cubs played longball two more times in the eighth inning and put a four-spot on the board.
David Ross hit a solo shot to left.
Chesny Young and Yasiel Balaguert followed Ross’ homer with back-to-back singles. A wild pitch moved both minor leaguers up 90 feet. With the crowd at Sloan chanting his name, Kawasaki put the spring game out of reach.
Munenori Kawasaki (1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI) lifted a three-run homer out to right … and the Cubs took a 9-3 lead.
Tuesday was all about Jake Arrieta and he quieted the concerns with a solid outing.
With Tuesday’s win, the Cubs improved to 9-17-2 in the Cactus League.
The Cubs square off against a Rockies split squad on Wednesday afternoon (3:05pm CDT) at Sloan Park in their final Cactus League game of the spring. Jon Lester is scheduled to face David Hale.