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Cubs prospect John Andreoli delivered a walk-off, two-run single to give Italy the win over Mexico in the WBC. Cubs fall to M’s.

M’s down Cubs

Seattle scored four times in the top of the ninth and beat the Cubs 8-6 Thursday afternoon at Sloan Park.

Anthony Rizzo hit his first homer of the spring, a solo shot in the first off left-hander James Paxton. DH Taylor Davis was 2-for-4 with two RBI while Willson Contreras doubled and scored twice. Other prospects seeing action were Jeimer Candelario (1-for-2, R), Eloy Jimenez (1-1, BB, R), David Bote (0-1), Jacob Hannemann (1-1, RBI) and Charcer Burks (0-1).

LH Mike Montgomery made his third start in Arizona, allowing a solo home in two innings. Montgomery surrendered three hits and fanned one. LH Brett Anderson followed and after retiring the first two hitters of the third, allowed a double and a single to plate a run. Three straight singles plated a run in the fourth off Anderson as he saw his spring ERA balloon to 7.20 over 5 innings. Wade Davis allowed a run on two hits and a walk in fifth, his second outing this spring. Justin Grimm and David Rollins both tossed a scoreless frame. Brian Duensing only got one out in the ninth as the M’s scored four times on five hits and walk. James Pugliese came in with the bases loaded and got the final two outs but did allow one of the inherited runners to score. Duensing left the game with tightness in his lower back.

Cubs have a rematch with the M’s in Peoria on Friday and send Kyle Hendricks to the mound for his second start. 

World Baseball Classic

In the Pool D opener, Cubs prospect John Andreoli delivered the walk-off two run single in the bottom of the ninth as Italy scored five times and rallied past Mexico 10-9. Andreoli started Italy’s scoring in the first with a solo homer and finished 2-for-5 with three RBI.

In a game for the top spot in Pool A, Israel scored thee times in the first and beat Netherlands 4-2 and finished pool play 3-0. The Netherlands (2-1) also advances. Former Cub Jason Marquis got the win, getting the start and working around a hit and a walk......Korea (1-2) beat Chinese Taipei (0-3) 11-8 in the final Pool A game.......Oakland A’s catcher Ryan Lavarnway was named the Pool A MVP after going 5-for-9 with a homer, four walks and three RBI for Israel. 

In Pool B, Australia improved to 1-1 with a 11-0 win over China and then faced Cuba for a spot in the second round. Cuba advanced with a 4-3 win over Australia........Japan won Pool B at 3-0 with a 7-1 win over China.

In the opening game of Pool C, the Dominican Republic beat Canada 9-2. Former Cub Welington Castillo smacked a two-run homer off former battery mate Ryan Dempster in the DR’s four-run second. The former Cubs right-hander got the start for Team Canada and allowed four runs on seven hits and a walk with one strikeout in his 49-pitch outing. Cubs farmhand Jim Henderson started the fifth but only got one out before allowing three hits and a run. 


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