Cubs fall to D-Backs
Kyle Hendricks turned in the longest outing for any Cubs pitcher, tossing four innings on Wednesday night against Arizona in a 7-3 loss at Sloan Park. Hendricks gave up two runs on five hits and fanned five. Wade Davis worked his first scoreless outing, blanking the D-Backs in the fifth. Pedro Strop fanned two in a shutout sixth and Carl Edwards, Jr. got charged with two runs (one earned) in the seventh. Seth Frankoff threw the final two frames, allowing three runs on five hits, including a solo homer.
At the plate, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist both went deep in the fourth while Kris Bryant added a RBI single. OF John Andreoli saw his first action in a Cubs uniform since playing in the WBC for Italy, going 0-for-1. Other Cubs prospects seeing action were 2B Ian Happ (0-1), 1B Jeimer Candelario (0-1), 3B Chesny Young (0-1), and CF Jacob Hannemann (0-0).
Cubs send Eddie Butler to the mound on Thursday as they head to Camelback Ranch to battle the Dodgers. RH Duane Underwood will make his spring debut on Friday as the Cubs meet the White Sox back at Camelback.
World Baseball Classic
Team USA scored three times off Cubs reliever Hector Rondon in the eighth and beat Venezuela 4-2 in both team’s first game in Pool F. Rondon allowed a solo homer to Adam Jones and then surrendered a two-run shot to Eric Hosmer. The right-hander only got two outs and allowed five hits and a walk in the 28-pitch outing, leaving with the bases loaded.