3/9 Cubs 5, White Sox 1

What went right:

Travis Wood, Randy Wells and Rodrigo Lopez all pitched well. Wood gave up one run on three hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings; Wood gave up one hit over 2 2/3 innings, and Lopez threw two hitless innings. Wells was called upon with one out and the bases loaded in the third and got Paul Konerko to hit into a double play. Edgar Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd and Steve Clevenger added solo shots for the win.

What went wrong:

Wood made a throwing error in the first inning that led to the White Sox only run.


“It’s quieter.” — Randy Wells on the Cubs-White Sox series without Ozzie Guillen

Up next:

Ryan Dempster will make his second spring start on Saturday when the Cubs travel to Maryvale to play the Brewers. The game will be broadcast on WGN TV with Len Kasper and Bob Brenly in the booth. It’ll be Cubs manager Dale Sveum’s first showdown with his former team.

“It’ll be fun facing them,” Sveum said. “I’m looking forward to it, to see the guys and say hello. we’ll try to beat their butts, but it’ll be good to see everybody.”

Injury update:

Geovany Soto was expected back in the lineup Saturday. He’s been slowed by a sore groin and has been taking part in pre-game batting practice. Jason Jaramillo started hitting on Friday for the first time since he was sidelined with soreness in both legs.

— Carrie Muskat


Travis Wood—in the words of Denny Green-He is what we thought he was or is or was—goodness but we do need him this season so a little patience from here..

TAKE YOUR TIME COMING BACK Geovany…..It’s fun watching some real potential battle it out for the back up role instead of Hendry/Quade handing the job to the automatic out Koyie Hill. How refreshing this spring is already. I’m starting to believe all over again!!

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