Lew Wolff Tough Host at Fitch Park

Javier Godard doubled, singled twice, scored twice, and drove-in the winning run with a squeeze bunt, as the Athletics rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 8th and hung-on to edge the Cubs 6-5 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training action this morning on Field #4 at the Lew Wolff Training Complex at Fitch Park in Mesa, AZ. 

The Cub cause was aided by Vimael Machin (drilled two singles and a triple, scored a run, and knocked-in another), Rafael Mejia (belted an RBI double, singled, walked, and stole a base), and Michael Foster (singled twice, walked, stole a base, scored a run, drove-in a run, and threw out an A's hitter 7-4 trying to stretch a single into a double), but the bullpen could not hold the lead for the second day in a row. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

CUBS LINEUP
1. Robert Garcia, CF: 0-5 (3-U, K, 5-3, P-5, F-7 DP)
2. Yeiler Peguero, SS: 1-3 (BB, 2B, F-8, K, R, RBI) 
3. Vimael Machin, 2B: 3-4 (K, 1B, 1B, 3B, R, RBI)
4. Jose Paniagua, 1B: 0-4 (K, K, K, P-5)
5. Kevonte Mitchell, RF-DH: 1-3 (6-3, 2B, 6-3, R)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
6. Michael Foster, LF: 2-3 (BB, L-9, 1B, 1B, R, RBI, SB)
7. Rafael Mejia, 3B: 2-3 (BB, 2B, 1B, 3-1, RBI, SB)
8. Alberto Mineo, DH-C: 1-3 (BB, K, 4-3, 1B, RBI, CS)
9. Roberto Caro, DH #2: 1-3 (4-3 DP, BB, K, 1B)
10. Kwang-Min Kwon, DH-RF: 0-2 (F-7. BB, K)
NOTE: SLOT WAS SKIPPED FOURTH TIME THRU BATTING ORDER
11. Eric Gonzalez, C-DH: 1-3 (1B, F-9, K, BB, R)

CUBS PITCHERS
1. Jose Paulino: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 1/4 GO/AO, 64 pitches (40 strikes) 
2. Javier Assad: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, 1 PO, 3/0 GO/AO, 42 pitches (25 strikes) 
3. John Michael Knighton: 1.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HBP, 1 WP, 3/0 GO/AO, 40 pitches (30 strikes)
4. Jose Leidenz: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, 2/0 GO/AO, 9 pitches (6 strikes) 

CUBS ERRORS: 1 
C Eric Gonzalez: E-2 (fielding error on "swinging bunt" allowed batter to reach base safely) 

CUBS CATCHERS DEFENSE
Eric Gonzalez: 2-4 CS, 1 E (see above) 

CUBS OUTFIELD ASSISTS
LF Michael Foster - batter thrown out 7-4 attempting to stretch single into double 

ATTENDANCE: 2 

WEATHER: Sunny with temperatures in the 90's 

Comments

Attendance: Phil and a friend!

Tough day for Mr. "Bread and Water", eh PHIL?