3/25 Cubs 6, Indians 2
What went right:
Alfonso Soriano belted his sixth spring homer, a two-run shot in the seventh, which is tops in the Cactus League. Joe Mather had two hits, both doubles, and made a great leaping catch of Asdrubal Cabrera’s fly ball to center, and appears close to locking up a spot on the bench. Bryan LaHair had two hits, and now is 5-for-6 in his last two games.
What went wrong:
The first three batters Rodrigo Lopez faced reached base and two scored. Otherwise, he settled down, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.
“I’ve probably lost more sleep over our batting order than anything as far as camp’s gone. The last week might have something to do with that lineup. It’s who’s swinging good, what’s going on, who steps up power-wise. It’s just kind of a funny lineup where we don’t have that guy, this guy, that second hitter, that leadoff guy, that third hitter. It’s one of those things where it’s going to be four days from now where we sit down and say, this is what it’s going to be Opening Day.” — Cubs manager Dale Sveum
* Carlos Marmol, who has not pitched since he came out of Tuesday’s game with cramps in his right hand, was expected to appear in a game on Monday.
* Kerry Wood has not pitched since last Sunday but Dale Sveum said Sunday, “There’s no reason for any extra workload.”
* Andy Sonnanstine, outrighted to the Cubs’ Triple-A roster last Thursday, has rejected the assignment and is a free agent. Sonnanstine, 29, appeared in four Cactus League games, giving up eight runs on 13 hits and three walks over five innings. Last season, the right-hander was 0-2 with a 5.55 ERA in 15 games (four starts) with the Rays.
* Opening Day starter Ryan Dempster gave up six runs on eight hits and one walk over five innings in a Minor League game Sunday at Fitch Park. Dempster threw 88 pitches and struck out four. He’ll open the season for the Cubs April 5 against the Nationals.
The Cubs play their last split-squad games on Monday. Paul Maholm will face the Padres in Mesa at HoHoKam Park while Jay Jackson will start the road game against the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale. Maholm has been tabbed as the fifth starter. He was slowed this spring by the flu. David DeJesus, Marlon Byrd and Dave Sappelt will make up the outfield against the Diamondbacks, while Bryan LaHair, Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney will be in Mesa. The game in Mesa will be broadcast on Cubs.com
– Carrie Muskat