Spring Training Game Eighteen – Cubs 2, White Sox 3
WP – John Danks (2-2) LP – Kyle Hendricks (0-1) Save – Nate Jones (1)
Kyle Hendricks held a majority of the White Sox every day lineup to one run in five innings. The Cubs were unable to collect any hits against Robin Ventura’s pitching staff. The Cubs scored two runs on one hit and lost to the White Sox in Glendale on Friday afternoon.
Kyle Hendricks put together another good spring outing. Hendricks allowed one run in five innings on a sac fly by Austin Jackson that plated Travis Ishikawa. Hendricks threw strikes and hit his spots. Hendricks retired the side in order in the four of the five innings (first, second, fourth, fifth innings) he pitched Friday.
Kyle Hendricks was charged with one run on two hits in five innings. Hendricks did not walk a batter and struck out three on 61 pitches.
Travis Wood replaced Hendricks in the sixth. Wood gave up two runs in the seventh on a pair of hits and a walk. Wood faced the Sox regulars, not minor leaguers. Robin Ventura did not start substituting until the seventh inning.
Spencer Patton pitched a 1-2-3 eighth inning.
The Cubs got their work in Friday before Joe Maddon emptied his bench in the fourth inning. Dexter Fowler (0-for-1 with a walk), Jason Heyward (0-for-2), Anthony Rizzo (0-for-1 with a HBP) and Miguel Montero (0-for-2) each had two plate appearances.
Matt Murton (0-for-2) made his spring debut Friday. Murton played left when Albert Almora Jr. (0-for-3) moved to right field in the fourth. Murton made several routine catches in his first game in a Cubs’ uniform in almost eight years.
Jeimer Candelario (1-for-2 with a double) was optioned to Double-A Tennessee before the game and recorded the Cubs only hit, a double in the fourth inning.
The Cubs broke up the shutout in the eighth inning with help from the Sox’s defense.
Jesse Hodges and Carlos Penalver reached on back-to-back throwing errors by Leury Garcia and Steve Lombardozzi. Joe Maddon let Travis Wood bat with runners on second and third with no outs. Wood rolled out to short. Hodges scored. Penalver advanced to third on the play and scored on a wild pitch from Jake Petricka.
The Cubs scored two runs on one hit with two walks and struck out 13 times.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 5-12-1 in Cactus League play.
The Cubs hit the road again Saturday (9:05pm CDT) for a game under the lights in Goodyear with the Indians. Pierce Johnson gets the start against Corey Kluber.