Final: Padres 6, #Cubs 1
Jason Hammel struck out nine over five scoreless innings and Arismendy Alcantara hit a solo home run, but that was all the Cubs could muster against the Padres in a 6-1 loss Sunday. Tommy Medica hit a two-run homer and Brett Wallace added a two-run single for San Diego in front of a sellout crowd of 15,206 at Sloan Park in Mesa. Hammel gave up three hits and did not walk a batter. The right-hander complimented catcher Miguel Montero, saying he didn’t shake him off once. Hammel has gotten on track since a side session when he threw 42 fastballs, and only fastballs.
During the regular season, Hammel’s strikeout high was eight, which he did in back to back starts May 31 and June 6.
“It’s Spring Training,” Hammel said of all his K’s. “Don’t start calling me a punch-out guy yet. I still want to use the sinker.”
— Carrie Muskat