3/5 Cubs vs A’s, Giants results

Manager Joe Maddon’s Cubs debut in Mesa ended in a tie. The Cubs and Athletics played to a 2-2 tie Thursday in front of 11,132 fans at Sloan Park in the manager’s first game. He liked the interaction with the fans during the course of the game

“I thought we played well,” Maddon said. “Oakland pitches well always. That was a typical kind of game you play against the A’s and have to win but we did not get any more hits because they do pitch well. I liked the effort.

“It was just a really nice wonderful first day,” he said.

In the other split squad game, Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam on his 22nd birthday and Billy McKinney added a solo shot but it wasn’t enough as the Giants rallied for five runs in the eighth to beat the Cubs, 8-6, in a split squad game in Scottsdale. Hunter Cervenka served up four earned runs on four hits and two walks in one-third of an inning to take the loss. Schwarber connected in the second inning off Ryan Vogelsong, while McKinney hit a solo shot in the eighth.

In Mesa, Barry Zito, 36, a non-roster invitee who is attempting a comeback after not pitching last season, retired the first five batters he faced, then hit Chris Coghlan with two outs in the Chicago second to set up Mike Olt’s two-run homer. Ryan Sweeney followed with a single off Zito, who got Junior Lake to ground out and end the inning.

Travis Wood, battling for the fifth starter spot in the Cubs rotation, struck out two of the six batters he faced in his first outing. An All-Star in 2013, Wood scuffled last season, posting an 8-13 record and 5.03 ERA.

“You always learn more when you fail than when you succeed, and I learned a lot last year about how to go about when you fail, picking yourself back up and getting back after it,” Wood said. “That’s what we took into the offseason.”

He heard that Maddon had named four starters and that Wood was not included in the quartet. The news just motivated Wood even more.

“There is [a purpose] — the purpose is to not have a year like last year,” Wood said. “I know I’m a good pitcher and just have to get back to the basics of attacking the zone and trusting your stuff.”

Oakland tallied with one out in the seventh against Donn Roach on Luke Carlin’s RBI single, and tied the game in the eighth on Rangel Ravelo’s one-out RBI double off Francisley Bueno.

The Cubs wore No. 14 caps and had a moment of silence before the game to pay tribute to Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who died in January.

* Cubs up next: Jon Lester makes his Cubs debut Friday against the Reds at Sloan Park in Mesa. The left-hander, who signed a six-year, $155 million contract, will be matched up with catcher David Ross, who was with him in Boston. No surprise, but Lester will be the Cubs Opening Night starter on April 5. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT, and the game can be heard on Cubs.com.

— Carrie Muskat

10 comments

  1. Terry the bus driver

    Carrie, every time you mention John Lesters name you do not need to add that he signed for 155 million, We already know that…it gets really old and boring.

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  3. k.g.

    Aloha Folks- Well, for Schwarber to go yard is awesome same for McKinney. I am sure Maddon will work with the team to understand how to play small ball and manufacture runs because I think in the near future there will be no shortage of ball leaving the park! Mahalo!

  4. White

    I read that Hunter Pence was hit by a pitch and may have broken arm. I truly hope he is okay! One of my favorite players to watch! Would hate to see his season end.

    • White

      Thank you for the info Carrie. I am so sorry to hear bad news for Pence. Giants fans must feel gutted!

      • k.g.

        Aloha White and Carrie- yes my wife was just talking about this as the local news has been carrying it. Definitely a bummer for them, as he is a hard worker and sets a great example for the younger players. Then you look at how the Dodgers have a lot of injuries to their pitchers, the West is all banged up and the regular season has not even begun. I hope the best for our folks. Mahalo.

      • k.g.

        Aloha White-san, I forgot to mention when my father and I were talking he was saying that the Giants must be happy they signed Aoki! At least they are covered in the outfield. I just hope there will not be any “ill-will” between Giant and Cubs fans, injuries are a part of the game. Hope your Aloha Friday is going well. Mahalo!

  5. Bruce from Brazil

    Carrie, Now the 2015 action has started for real. I heard you on internet radio with Mick and Len. Looking forward to a much-improved season. Not too keen about the Jumbotrons at Wrigley. I wish things could stay the way they were when I was a kid, and a bleacher ticket cost 60 cents!

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