WHITE SOX 9, CUBS 3
at Tucson, Ariz.
Saturday, March 18
Cubs at the plate:
Aramis Ramirez hit his fourth home run of the
spring, driving an 0-1 pitch from Javier Vazquez out to left in the
opening inning, and adding a single to right in the fifth. Juan Pierre
tripled home a run, and Jerry Hairston drove home another with an
White Sox at the plate:
The first four batters reached safely
against Glendon Rusch, with Joe Crede capping off the rally with a long
two-run blast to left. It was Crede's first home run in Cactus League
action, and he later drove in two more with an infield single and a
double and finished 4-for-4. Alex Cintron and Jim Thome also doubled
home one run apiece, while Brian Anderson added his first home run of
Cubs on the mound:
It was a rough day for Rusch. The left-hander
allowed eight hits and five earned runs over two innings, and took a
shot off his body on a Joe Borchard infield single in the second. Jae
Kuk Ryu struck out three and allowed two earned runs in three innings.
White Sox on the mound:
Vazquez started strong but tired a bit in
the fifth, allowing two runs on three hits, before being replaced by
Brandon McCarthy. Vazquez gave up six hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking
out six. Boone Logan continued his spotless spring, with one scoreless
inning and one strikeout.
Cactus League records:
Cubs 8-7, White Sox 4-13
For those fans of both the University of Michigan and the
White Sox, Sunday's starter against Milwaukee in Maryvale will have a
special significance. Clayton Richard, the former Wolverines
signal-caller and eighth-round pick of the South Siders in the
2005 First-Year Player Draft, gets the call. Freddy Garcia stays back in
Tucson, starting in a Minor League contest. The Cubs return to Mesa,
with Carlos Zambrano taking the mound against Adam Eaton and
the Texas Rangers.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.