Rizzo smokes a home run for the Cubs, but can’t hold up against the Mariners lose 8-6
The Cubs Brian Duensing had a little bit of a crap inning yesterday giving up five hits and four runs. There was also a throwing error and a balk in the ninth inning yesterday as the Cubs go down 8-6. Duensing left the mound with one out and the bases loaded with tightness in his lower back. Brian will be evaluated today of his injury. Duensing a recent signing by the Chicago Cubs with a one year, two million dollar deal just last winter.
Seattle scored a run in each of the first three innings against the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs had both of their fifth starter prospects pitching in this game. Mike Montgomery worked two innings, allowing one run off of a homer in the third inning. Mike also got 1 strikeout. “The command wasn’t the best, but I felt good,” Montgomery said. “Just building arm strength. It was definitely a step in the right direction again.” Brett Anderson also went two innings and let up a two out double, then a single that scored the run. He gave up a total of five hits in the two innings he pitched. Wade Davis, with his second appearance in spring training, allowed two hits and one run.
James Paxton, of the Mariners, had a really tough three inning outing. He struck out five with no walks. This is his first start after coming from the bullpen. Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run in spring training, also smoked a double to right in the sixth. Rizzo hit a bomb into right center. They scored two of their runs in the fifth inning with some big doubles by Willson Contreras and Taylor Davis (team all Rod Beck). Then there was a nice single by Jon Jay. Davis also hit a single in the seventh to tie up the game with four. In the ninth Munenori Kawasaki gave the cubs hope by knocking in Jeimer Candelario in the bottom of the inning.
The Chicago Cubs will travel over to Peoria, Arizona to double up with the Mariners again today. The Mariners will send up Chris Heston, whom has not given up a run yet in spring training. He will go against Kyle Hendricks goes at 2:10pm.