3/5 Cubs Monday wrap-up
Blake DeWitt belted a three-run homer and Jeff Baker and Joe Mather each had two hits for the Cubs in Monday’s 8-7 loss to the Athletics. Anthony Rizzo also made a nice leaping catch of a line drive in the ninth to rob Brandon Moss of an extra base hit. Yordy Cabrera, a non-roster invitee, led off the ninth with a tie-breaking home run to lift the A’s to victory, connecting off Tony Zych.
* Infielder Adrian Cardenas made a good impression on Dale Sveum on Sunday when he raced over to foul territory in right and caught a fly ball.
“He’s got a way of centering a baseball,” Sveum said of Cardenas, whom the Cubs claimed off waivers from the Athletics on Feb. 6. “He’s put together some great at-bats so far early in Spring Training.”
But what about that catch?
“That was one heck of a play, a play you don’t see,” Sveum said.
Tony Campana also helped outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha with a similar save on Saturday in an intrasquad game when Ha lost a ball in the sun.
“Those are instinctive things,” Sveum said. “We can’t sit here and practice that and teach that. That’s a Major League play and Major League instincts to make plays like that will save umpteen outs and pitches.”
* Geovany Soto was able to catch on Sunday and if he continues to progress, should see his first game action this Saturday. Sveum said Soto has been able to do everything but run 100 percent. Said Sveum: “Everything’s going good, he’s not feeling anything now in anything he does. That’s a good thing. Sometimes groin [injuries] can hang on for a long time.”
* Matt Garza will start Tuesday when the Cubs play host to the Rockies at HoHoKam Park. Here’s the Cubs’ lineup:
* Mesa Mayor Scott Smith took part in pregame ceremonies Monday to honor late Robert Brinton, former president of the Mesa Convention and Visitors Bureau and a force in the Cactus League. Instead of a moment of silence, Brinton’s widow Nanette asked for a round of applause from the fans, and they obliged. She then threw out a ceremonial first pitch to Kerry Wood. Brinton’s initials were painted on the field at HoHoKam Park in his honor. His eight children and some of his dozen grandchildren attended the game. Brinton died in October.
— Carrie Muskat