Wow! As Pat Huges said today, "Save some for tomorrow!" The Cubs came out and punished the Giants 10-6. Giants starter Nick Lowry looked like "Wild Thing" from the movie Major League. The guy wasn’t even close to the strike zone. Lowry only went 1 1/3 innings, walking three, hitting a batter and threw two wild pitches. And who did Lowry hit with the pitch? New Cub Koske Fukudome, who got hit with the first pitch he saw! Luckily he was ok. By the time the Cubs were done batting in the fourth, they had a 10-1 lead and had scored in every inning. Former closer Ryan Dempster looked good, pitching 2 strong innings, giving up only two hits, one a Randy Wynn home run, while striking out two and givnig up no walks. We know Dempster can go two, the question is can he go seven?
Their were plenty in this game. How about the dynamic duo from LSU, Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot. Batting lead off, Theriot went three for three, scoring all three times he was on base. And little Mike Fontenot, pinch hitting for Dempster, hitting a three run bomb and later hitting a triple. There was Fukudome, who was hit by a pitch, drew a walk, and hitting an Ichiro-style slap to the third base side to drive in a run.
"I love that chopper, man," Theriot said. "That’s classic. I’ve been waiting for it and expecting it. It’s classic. I’d like to think if I would’ve hit left-handed, I’d hit like that. It was cool to watch him go out there and play."
And don’t forget Felix Pie. After a lot of work with Pinella and hitting coach Gerald Perry, Pie went two for two with a walk, a double, and a home run. If this guy finally gets it together, we are in great shape!
Out of the bullpen, Carmen Pignatiello came up with a big out when he came in with two outs and the bases loaded. Assault victim Jose Ascanio gave up zero runs and zero hits in an inning of work. Can you believe we got this guy for Will Ohman!!?? Kevin Hart picked up where he left off last season, also inheriting the bases loaded with two outs and able to get the final out. Hart didn’t give up a hit in his 1.1 innings of work.
Newly acquired infielder Alex Cintron was 1-3, leaving seven men on base. Even though he went 1-3 with a walk, I wasn’t that impressed with Ronnie Cedeno. Arizona Fall League MVP and potential centerfielder Sam Fuld went 0-2. Out of the bullpen, Neal Cotts did not look that good, giving up one hit, one walk, and allowing a runner to reach on an error. He was able to work out of a bases loaded jam with the help of his defense, but he still doesn’t look that confident. Jose Ceda, who we got in the Todd Walker trade, finished the minor leagues with a 25 consecutive hitless streak, but gave up 2 runs on 2 hits, with 2 walks and 2 strike outs. As Harry would say, the dueces were wild! Esmailin Caridad, a nonroster invitee, also got hit hard.
The Cub hit the heck out of the ball and looked like a confident bunch. It was great to see the top of the order have such a good game, Theriot, Fukudome, Lee. Having the guys in the top of the order to set the table for Lee and Ramirez is going to be huge. Next on deck is another game with the Giants, this time the Cubs will face a split squad. Carlos Zambrano will oppose Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. Soriano and Ramirez will be in the line up. I know it was only a spring training game, but it was a great way to start off the season!