Youngsters pave way in Cubs' win

Youngsters pave way in Cubs' win

at Mesa, Ariz.
Sunday, March 11

Brewers at the plate: Corey Hart hit an RBI double with two outs in the fourth. Hernan Iribarren led off the seventh with his second home run.

Cubs at the plate: Michael Barrett reached on an error and scored on Tyler Colvin's single in the second. Colvin eventually scored when pinch-hitter Scott Moore was safe on a fielder's choice. Pinch-hitter Jake Fox hit a three-run homer in the sixth, his second homer in as many days. Aramis Ramirez added an RBI double in the sixth.

Brewers on the mound: Starter Claudio Vargas gave up two runs, both unearned, on four hits over three innings while striking out three. Brian Shouse was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks, including Fox's homer over two-thirds of an inning.

Cubs on the mound: Starter Jason Marquis gave up one run on six hits and one walk over four innings while striking out two. Kerry Wood gave up one hit and one walk over one inning, and Ryan Dempster retired the side in order in one inning of work, striking out the last two batters he faced.

Cactus League records: Brewers 6-7; Cubs 6-5-1. The game was played in front of a sellout crowd of 12,726 at HoHoKam Park.

Up next: Brewers fans get a rare doubleheader on Monday. The team will play a "B" squad game against Texas at 10 a.m. MT in Maryvale, and then play a Cactus League game, also against the Rangers. Dave Bush is slated to start the "B" game, while Carlos Villanueva is scheduled to pitch the "A" game. The Cubs travel to Scottsdale to face the Giants. Carlos Zambrano will make his third Cactus League start and face Matt Morris.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.