Zambrano does it all vs. Giants

Zambrano does it all vs. Giants

at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Monday, March 12

Cubs at the plate: Chicago had the first six batters on base, scored six times and batted around in the first inning courtesy of two fly balls to left that Barry Bonds lost in the sun and an Omar Vizquel error. Cliff Floyd, making his first appearance of the spring after recovering from offseason foot surgery, had a two-run single in his first at-bat. Carlos Zambrano had a triple and a double in the game.

Giants at the plate: Aside from second baseman Ray Durham, manager Bruce Bochy had his regulars out there for the first time this spring. Pedro Feliz had his third double of the spring, a two-run shot off Zambrano in the third inning. Bonds went 1-for-3 with a single. His spring average is .375 (6-for-16) with two homers, two doubles and six RBIs.

Cubs on the mound: Zambrano, despite falling on his shoulder just before chugging into third on his first-inning triple, worked four innings, allowing two runs, three hits, two walks and striking out five. Jeff Samardzija, making his third Cactus League appearance, gave up four hits and one walk while striking out two over two innings.

Giants on the mound: Matt Morris may have been a victim of the high sky and bright sun, but the Cubs still teed off on him in his third spring start. Morris left after throwing two innings and 52 pitches, having allowed seven runs (four earned) on eight hits, while walking one, whiffing one and uncorking a wild pitch.

Cactus League records: Cubs, 7-5; Giants, 9-4.

Up next: The Cubs play the Diamondbacks on Tuesday at Tucson Electric Park with right-hander Wade Miller slated to make his third start of the spring. The Giants are at Scottsdale Stadium to play the A's in their only night game of the spring. Noah Lowry is looking for his third win.

Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.