The Cubs started off the 2006 Cactus League Season in dramatic style with an 8 to 7 come-from-behind victory in front of 7,717 fans at HoHoKam Stadium. With 2 outs, Down 7 to 5 in the bottom of the 8th, the Cubs tied it up on Felix Pie’s 2 run Triple. Pie was moving so fast between second and third he nearly face-planted before recovering and sliding safely into third. The Cubs went on to win it with a run in the bottom of the ninth, helped out with two errors by the Athletic’s. Of course, wins and losses don’t count for much in spring training, in division winning playoff seasons of 1984 and 89, the Cubs had pathetic spring training records.
Notable performances included: Carlos Zambrano’s 3 scoreless innings pitched, giving up 1 hit, striking out 2, walking 1. Aramis Ramirez 2 for 3, 2 RBI’s. Ryan Dempster a 3up 3down inning.
One guy who didn’t fair so well for the Cubs was Bryan Corey who allowed 7 runs in less than an inning, giving up 3 home runs including a Grand Salami to the A’s Mark Ellis.
It’s great to see Ron Santo back at it announcing today’s game for WGN Radio along with his broadcast partner Pat Hughes. Cubs WGN TV Announcer Len Kasper was at the ballpark today, keeping a close eye on the team. The first spring game is also a time to catch up with many friends I don’t see throughout the rest of the year.
Look for our first installment of our Podcasts and Video Blog this coming week, and throughout the spring season. A note to all the Cubs Trivia Buffs, watch “The Voice of Summer” film trailer on the Cubs DVD page, then click the Quiz email and tell us who you think the people are that Vince Lloyd is talking about. The correct answers will be entered to win an autographed Cubs Collectible. It’s not an easy quiz, and to help you out, we’ll be giving you clues on this blog as we go through spring training.