The Cubs run their spring record to 4-0 with a good old fashioned 13-zipp butt whooping of the White Sox in front of a sun-drenched Hohokam Stadium record crowd of 13,010. With Hohokam’s expanded capacity, we now cross the 13,000 mark on sell out games. The Cubs held a 4-0 lead before most of the starters left the game with Koyie Hill getting the Cubs going with 2 RBI’s on a double in the 4th.
After most of the starters had left the game things went downhill quickly for the Sox as the Cubs plated 9 runs in the 7th, including a grand slam by Brad Snyder. Snyder’s slam was also fortuitous for a lucky fan, as we had a giveaway going that inning…winning the fan $500 for the grand salami. Every batter in the Cubs lineup at the time scored in the 7th inning and Non-Roster Invitee Bobby Scales was 2 for 2 in the 7th inning. The Sox Adam Russell took the brunt of the Cubs 7th inning uprising and now owns a 54.00 ERA.
Aaron Heilman pitched 2 quality innings, allowing only one hit, while striking out 4. Kevin Gregg pitched a scoreless 3rd inning, and a combination of other pitchers held the Sox without a run over a final 6 innings. In the field, Aramis Ramirez made a sweet diving grab of Carlos Quentin sharp grounder in the first, then got to his feet and gunned him out. A-Ram also made a nice pickup of a hot grounder ranging to his left tossing out Jermaine Dye. Lou came out of his chair next to the dugout to argue with homeplate umpire Angel Campos who called Cubs pitcher Ken Kadokura with a Balk…the fans loved seeing Uncle Lou get after it! Shortly after the Lou situation Ozzie Guillen questioned Campos on a disputed fair foul ball that went he Cubs way, good to see these guys are getting up to speed.
Bobby Scales can afford to laugh when you have a good day at the plate, because he tripped and fell flat on his face coming out of the dugout to the on deck circle in the 7th…he had a sheepish smile upon getting to his feet. These kind of games are alot of fun, especially when you get to crush your cross town rival in front of a record crowd, even though it’s a spring training game.
Make sure you take a look in the large media/TV box on the home page for the CubsAZ show with part of my interview with Cubs radio voice Pat Hughes. The whole show is only about 6 minutes long, you can also access it on the multimedia page. Cubs will play the San Diego Padres in Peoria tomorrow and then will be back at Hohokam on Monday to take on the local 9 – Arizona Diamondbacks.