Cubs Tack It Up then Shut 'em Down

Alfonso Soriano slugged a two-run home run into the parking lot to cap a three-run 1st inning, Darwin Barney clubbed a solo HR to the base of the scoreboard in the 2nd inning, and Cub pitchers retired 19 of the last 21 men they faced, as the Cubs edged the Rangers 5-4 in Cactus League action this afternoon at Dwight Patterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.


Facing a mostly MLB lineup, LHP Chris Rusin got the start for the Cubs and worked five innings (87 pitches - 59 strikes), allowing four runs on seven hits (six singles and a double), no walks, and four strikeouts, with a 5/5 GO/FO. After surrendering four runs on six hits through the first two innings, Rusin retired ten of the last 11 men he faced, striking out three of the last four.   


Shawn Camp, Carlos Marmol, James Russell, and Blake Parker each threw one inning in relief, and combined to throw four innings of one-hit shutout ball with one walk and three strikeouts,



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The Rangers got on the board in the top of the 1st, plating two runs off Chris Rusin on an HBP, a single, an Adrian Beltre sacrifice fly, and an A. J. Pierzynski RBI double.


The Cubs responded in the bottom of the 1st against TEX SP Alexi Ogando. David DeJesus led-off and lined a single to left-center, advanced to 3rd on an E-6, and scored on an Anthony Rizzo SF. Alfonso Soriano followed with his two-run shot into the parking lot to give the Cubs a 3-2 lead.


The Rangers scored twice more in the top of the 2nd to retake the lead, as ex-Cub Jeff Baker, Luis Sardinas, Ian Kinsler, and Craig Gentry stroked consecutive one-out singles, and David Murphy lofted a sacrifice fly.  


But then Darwin Barney brought the Cubs back to a 4-4 tie with a one-out HR over the LF fence that landed at the base of the scoreboard.


The game remained tied through the top of the 6th. Then Welingtton Castillo led-off the bottom of the frame and drew a walk, advanced to 2nd base on a Luis Valbuena sharp single through the box, moved-up to 3rd base on a 5-4-3 DP, and scored on a WP.  


The Cubs bullpen did the rest, shutting down the Rangers to preseve the victory.

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Happy 15th anniversary to the Dude

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNcy1Ce5_yo

Saw it for second time in LA that April, then saw Cubs get swept by Dodgers.

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  • Hopefully Pirates don't call up A. Lincoln.

    jacos 7 hours 31 min ago view
  • j.buchanan going friday...should be...baseball...or something like it.

    crunch 7 hours 39 min ago view
  • Wow. I didn't know they could do that.

    Nice for Willson, not so much for Addy.

    billybucks 7 hours 55 min ago view
  • Game is officially called...also officially a tie.

    Stats count, no make-up date of course.

     

    Rob G. 7 hours 57 min ago view
  • Yeah -- seeing the weather -- I hope KB and Rizz are inside, wrapped in blankets and drinking hot chocolate.

    billybucks 8 hours 43 min ago view
  • rain delay...thanks obama.

    crunch 9 hours 21 min ago view
  • Thanks again Phil. We actually were in Mesa and drove around. Hopefully, I am back for some Fall League. If not I have all of spring training (like the smart people who move here!)

    rvimpeny 10 hours 25 min ago view
  • What Rob G said.  I can't speak for Piittsburgh, but the other end of the state has had absolute crap weather for two days. Perfect day to take it easy.

    Transmission 10 hours 29 min ago view
  • tarp came off 10 minutes ago...let's do this.

    crunch 10 hours 43 min ago view
  • He will not pitch another game for Cubs

    /Unless injury in playoffs

    jacos 11 hours 10 sec ago view
  • ~fart~

    jacos 11 hours 55 sec ago view
  • Today is bullpen day

    jacos 11 hours 1 min ago view
  • 10/450 if they win WS

    jacos 11 hours 2 min ago view
  • Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Even though Hammel is missing start, don't assume he'll not be on #Cubs postseason roster. Maddon says elbow problem isn't that bad

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon on #Cubs postseason rotation: "I don't want to announce anything. We haven't talked to anybody yet"

    Carrie Muskat [email protected]
    Maddon hopes Soler can take BP in Cincy, play in sim game Tue. "All of that should give us some kind of indication of where he's at"

    crunch 11 hours 18 min ago view
  • tarp on the field 40 minutes before gametime...meh.

    crunch 11 hours 21 min ago view
  • travel day + rain in Pittsburgh. Why risk injury?

    Rob G. 11 hours 25 min ago view