Cubs blast Reds 22-4
Anthony Rizzo homered on the first pitch of the game and the Cubs added 21 more runs to beat the Reds 22-4 in Las Vegas.
Albert Almora smacked a pair of homers and finished the game 3-for-5 with five RBI. LF Bijan Rademacher went 3-for-4, scored four times and slugged a grand slam in Cubs eight-run sixth. Charcer Burks hit the Cubs fifth homer of the game, a three-run shot in the eighth.
Other Cubs prospect seeing action in the blowout were Taylor Davis (1-for-3, R), David Bote (0-1, R, BB), Cael Brockmeyer (0-1), Bryant Flete (0-1, 2 R, BB), Carlos Penalver (0-1), Yasiel Balaguert (2-2, R, 2 RBI, 2B), John Andreoli (1-3, R), Chris Pieters (1-2, R).
Eddie Butler improved to 5-0 on on the spring, allowing two runs over 4.2 innings. The right-hander gave up seven hits, walked one, and fanned one. Brian Duensing, Carl Edwards, Jr., Dylan Floro, Daniel Corcino and Jhondaniel Medina all pitched in relief.
Padres down Cubs 9-4
San Diego scored four times off right-hander Alec Mills in the first and went on the beat the Cubs at Sloan Park.
Mills lasted three innings, allowing six hits and a walk while fanning three. One of the hits was a homer. Jonathan Martinez got charged with five runs but only one was earned in two innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Koji Uehara, David Rollins, Felix Pena and Daury Torrez all threw a scoreless inning.
OF Jeffrey Baez knocked in a pair of runs in the seventh while Jeimer Candelario and Munenori Kawasakii plated the other two runs. Outfielders Eddy Martinez and Trey Martin both singled and scored. Other Cubs prospects playing are P.J. Higgins (0-1), Vimael Machin (0-0, BB), Stephen Bruno (0-4), Carlos Sepulveda (0-3, BB).
No concerns for Zobrist and Russell
Joe Maddon told reporters on Sunday he’s not concerned with the health of Ben Zobrist and Addison Russell. Zobrist has been dealing with a sore neck while Russell missed a few games with a stiff back. Maddon said neither injury is a concern for opening day and the Cubs are just being cautious.