Game Journal and Photos: March 5

<B>MESA, Ariz.</B>—The Cubs continued their early spring success with an 8-2 romp of the San Francisco Giants at HoHoKam Park Saturday, going to 3-0 in exhibition play.

Jason Dubois made his first start of the spring and finished 1-for-2.

Dubois getting set on defense.

Jerry Hairston Jr. also made his first spring start Saturday. He was later replaced by INF Mike Fontenot.

Saturday's starter John Koronka worked two innings, allowing a run on two hits.

Koronka walked two and fanned one.

Derrek Lee began the afternoon at first base and finished 1-for-2 with a run-scoring single.

Neifi Perez is brushed back by a pitch from Giants reliever Merkin Valdez.

Left-hander Russ Rohlicek made his spring debut Saturday.

Rohlicek struck out three in two innings.

Jermaine Van Buren also made his spring debut Saturday. Van Buren pitched two innings and allowed a run on three hits.

Another look at Van Buren's delivery.

Saturday's game started with temperatures in the high-50s and overcast skies after early morning rain. The sun eventually broke through and high's warmed into the mid-60s but wind was a factor throughout the game, blowing hard out to center field.

The Cubs' offense was firing on all cylinders for the second straight day. After notching 11 hits Friday in a win over the Giants, the Cubs tallied 12 Saturday, including six off starter Jerome Williams as part of a five-run first inning.

Once again the Cubs' bullpen looked strong, allowing only one run on four hits in seven innings. LHP Eddie Oropesa made his spring debut, finishing things off in the ninth inning.

RHP Jason Schmidt was scheduled to start against Koronka but instead was used in the Giants' split-squad game against division rival San Diego.

March 6 versus San Frnancisco at 2:05 p.m. CST from Scottdale, Ariz. Scheduled starters are LHPs Jimmy Anderson (Cubs) and Kirk Rueter (Giants).

All photos Copyright 2005 Larry Woolis.

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