Cubs come up short against White Sox

Cubs come up short against White Sox

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 infield groundout.

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 the spring.

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

Up next: 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 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.