2/28 CHC@CWS recap...Cubs are 4-0
CUBS 13, WHITE SOX 0
at Mesa, Ariz.
Saturday, Feb. 28
White Sox at the plate: Dewayne Wise had two hits, including a double. Jim Thome, playing his second game, doubled in the fourth inning. A.J. Pierzynski, who entered the game batting .667, went 1-for-3.
Cubs at the plate: Brad Snyder hit a grand slam to spark a nine-run seventh, his first spring homer. Koyie Hill hit a two-run double with two outs in the fourth for the Cubs, the only National League team to begin spring unbeaten. Micah Hoffpauir hit an RBI single to raise his spring total to eight RBIs. Hoffpauir has played in every game but will get Sunday off. "It's my birthday," said the infielder, who turns 29.
White Sox on the mound: Jeff Marquez threw two scoreless innings, striking out two. Ehren Wassermann retired the first two batters he faced in the fourth, then gave up three straight hits. Adam Russell was roughed up, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk. He did not retire a batter.
Cubs on the mound: Aaron Heilman, making his first Cactus League appearance, struck out four of the seven batters he faced and gave up one hit in two innings. Kevin Gregg, who is competing with Carlos Marmol for the closer's job, gave up one hit and struck out one in one inning.
Cactus League records: White Sox 2-2; Cubs 4-0. The game was played before a HoHoKam Park record crowd of 13,010, topping the old mark of 12,917, set March 30, 2007, vs. Arizona.
Up next: The Cubs will have a game Sunday in Peoria against the San Diego Padres, but it's an interesting pitching matchup. Ryan Dempster will make his first Cactus League start against Jake Peavy, who was rumored all winter to be traded to the Cubs.
Baseball season's underway...
So you'd better get ready for a brand new day
Hey Chicago whattya say?