Big Z was the big story today as the Cubs beat the Seattle Mariners 5-3 on a sunny but gusty day in Mesa.
Z cruised through his longest outing of the spring going 6 innings, allowing 4 hits and 1 run on a Chris Woodward solo HR and 6 K’s. He also helped himself at the plate, with a double to the rightfield corner and later scored. With the score tied at 1, the Cubs broke things open in the 6th plating 3 runs as Alfonso Soriano hit a bases loaded single to drive in two of the 3, which was all the scoring the Cubs needed for the win.
Milton Bradley was 2 for 3 at the plate, Derrek Lee doubled in the 1st but ended up stranded. Alfonso Soriano also drew a walk and was seen celebrating at 1st with base coach Matt Sinatro– Sinatro because it was his birthday today and Soriano because he actually drew a base on balls.
Ronny Cedeno was the leadoff hitter for the Mariners and reminded us why he’s not a Cub, 0 for 4 with two K’s. Big Z showed his defensive skills and agility on a swinging bunt by Mariners Franklin Gutierrez as Z bounded off the mound, bare handed the ball and tossed him out at first.
Even though it’s only spring training it’s still good to hear the song “Go Cubs Go!” after a Cubs victory. Cubs will travel to Phoenix tomorrow playing the A’s, I hope to get out there and bring you back photos. Talk with you then.