Spring Traning Recap

Cub Power and Wood Arm Fry Padres

Alfonso Soriano laced a two-out line-drive two-run double down the LF line and Dioner Navarro followed with a towering two-run HR over the RF bullpens to rally the Cubs to a 4-2 lead in the 6th, and then Jorge Soler slugged a solo home run to the top of the berm over the LF fence and Christian Villanueva drilled two-run HR over the left-center fence to key a five-run 8th, as the Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 9-3 in Cactus League action this afternoon at Dwight Paterson Field at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, AZ.


LHP Travis Wood contributed with both his arm and his bat, throwing four innings of one-hit shutout ball with six strikeouts, and roping a line-drive lead-off single and then scoring on the Soriano double to ignite the four-run 6th. On the negative side, Wood did walk three over the course of the 4.0 IP (63 pitches - 35 strikes).


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  • #cantpredictball

    Rob G. 4 min 31 sec ago view
  • The Reds bullpen -- statistically one of the worst in the history of baseball -- has no-hit the Cubs for 7 innings. That just sucks.

    billybucks 6 min 10 sec ago view
  • Nice inning from Carl Edwards Jr - two straight quality appearances for a pen that could use it.

    Eric S 32 min 1 sec ago view
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Heyward; Baez, J 2; Bryant.

    The E-Man 52 min 39 sec ago view
  • Arrieta pitches like crap and gets a W, Lester pitches brilliantly and doesn't. Baseball!

    Man, have we been giving up a lot of 2-out runs lately. C'mon Hector -- Eugenio Suarez??? Sheesh.

    billybucks 1 hour 7 min ago view
  • 0-2 HBP = Cubbery

    Eric S 1 hour 8 min ago view
  • FFS!!!

    Shit throw by Szczur...

    Rob G. 1 hour 15 min ago view
  • Nice to have a ROB G. bustin' a move with the posts.

    The E-Man 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Tony Gold Glove!!!

    Rob G. 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • To have Billy Hamilton break your shut-out with an HR is like Iceland winnng in soccer.

    The E-Man 1 hour 43 min ago view
  • Hamilton - good grief. Does he have Lester's number or what!

    Eric S 1 hour 45 min ago view
  • and there it is...

    time to sweat it out now.

    Rob G. 1 hour 46 min ago view
  • Yeah - I was waiting for someone else to comment first so they could shoulder the blame should cubbery prevail.

    Eric S 1 hour 49 min ago view
  • he'd actually have to get through these last 2 innings in 13 or less pitches to pull off an actual Maddux (CG in less than 100 pitches)...and I probably jinxed the whole game with my comment so I'll shut up now.

    Rob G. 1 hour 52 min ago view
  • An efficient one-hitter through seven innings - seems reasonable to me.

    Quite the contrast from last night

    Eric S 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • It's really quite enjoyable watching Lester dissect the strike zone and a lineup like this...dare I say Maddux-like?

    Rob G. 1 hour 59 min ago view