Ruggiano homers, extends strong start in 10-8 Cubs’ win
By MIKE TULUMELLO Associated Press March 9, 2014 7:53PM
MESA, Ariz. — Justin Ruggiano went 3 for 3 with a two-run home run and three RBIs, raising his spring training batting average to .583 as the Chicago Cubs outlasted a Milwaukee Brewers split squad 10-8 Sunday.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, lifting his average to .636.
Tyler Thornburg, who has an outside chance to win a spot in Milwaukee’s rotation, gave up the home run to Ruggiano but then settled down and blanked the Cubs for the next three innings.
Chicago prospect Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in three innings while walking two and striking out four.
Milwaukee scored five times in the seventh, aided by an error on third baseman Kris Bryant.