Spring-training recap: Cubs 2, Padres 0; D-backs 3, Cubs 2
BY GORDON WITTENMYER firstname.lastname@example.org March 26, 2012 11:22PM
This is a 2011 photo of Starlin Castro of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. This image reflects the Chicago Cubs active roster as of Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Updated: April 28, 2012 8:15AM
CUBS 2, PADRES 0
D-BACKS 3, CUBS 2
For the record
Paul Maholm (1-1, 0.90 ERA) struck out six in five scoreless innings against the Padres, ramping up his pitch count to 70. He’s close to being ready to make the fifth start of the season, April 10 against the Brewers. ‘‘Today, felt good. I felt like I could keep going,’’ he said.
All-Star shortstop Starlin Castro, who has made big strides defensively, drew his first walk in the first inning and scored. He also doubled down the left-field line leading off the fifth. Castro is 16-for-55 (.291) with seven extra-base hits and two errors in 17 games. He has struck out six times.
Backup outfield candidate Tony Campana, starting in left field against the Padres, fielded Will Venable’s fifth-inning single toward the line and threw him out at second. Matt Szczur, one of the Cubs’ top outfield prospects back from minor-league camp for the game, made the catch of the game. After entering late in center field, he dived toward right-center to rob Jaff Decker leading off the ninth.
Cubs (12-14) at Reds (10-14), 3:05 p.m., cubs.com (audio). Matt Garza, Shawn Camp, Frankie de la Cruz and Blake Parker are scheduled to pitch.