Spring training update: Feldman, Cubs top A’s 5-3
BY GORDON WITTENMYER email@example.com February 28, 2013 5:27PM
GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 25: Brian Bogusevic #66 of the Chicago Cubs runs the bases during a spring training game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
Updated: March 2, 2013 7:49PM
MESA, Ariz. – Right-hander Scott Feldman made his Cubs debut, pitching the first two innings of a 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics Thursday at HoHoKam Stadium in Mesa.
Feldman allowed one run on a pair of hits and two walks and also struck out two.
``First time out there, kind of get the butterflies going again,’’ said Feldman, who already has been named to manager Dale Sveum’s opening rotation. ``Nice to get that one out of the way.”
The play of the game came in the top of the first when touted outfield prospect Jorge Soler nailed Josh Reddick with a throw from right field as Reddick tried to go from first to third no a single.
``That throw he made from right field was about as good a throw as you could probably make,’’ said Feldman, who signed as a free agent over the winter. ``Reddick just had a look of shock on his face.
``Seems like they’ve got some young guys that are gonna be studs.”
CUBS 5, ATHLETICS 3
ARMED AND DANGEROUS: Big-time outfield prospect Jorge Soler showed off his big-time arm in the first inning, nailing Josh Reddick on a throw from right as Reddick tried to go from first to third on a single. “Seems like they got some young guys that are gonna be studs,” Cubs newcomer Scott Feldman said. “That throw he made from right field was about as good a throw as you could probably make. Reddick just had a look of shock.”
JAVY TIME? Speaking of potential studs, manager Dale Sveum said top prospect Javy Baez could be a short-term beneficiary of Starlin Castro’s tight hamstring. Baez, who lined a single in three at-bats Thursday, figures to start or split the games at short for the next few days while Castro is out.
FOR STARTERS: Feldman, who already is penciled into the season-opening rotation, made his Cubs debut, allowing a run, two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two innings. Lefty Travis Wood, a candidate for the final rotation spot, also pitched two innings, marred only by Derek Norris’ solo home run.
CLOSING TIME: Closer Carlos Marmol (one walk) and setup man Kyuji Fujikawa (one hit) each pitched a scoreless inning. For Marmol, who made his second spring appearance, the games have been a welcome respite from legal issues involving abuse allegations by a woman in the Dominican. “It’s all baseball now,” he said. “When you go out there, you don’t think about anything else. My arm feels good, my body feels good, my mind is clear and I’m ready to go.”
ON DECK: Diamondbacks at Cubs, Friday in Mesa, 2:05 p.m. Jeff Samardzija vs. Trevor Cahill. Live audio at mlb.com.