3/31 Cubs 3, Angels 3, 10 innings
What went right:
Paul Maholm gave up two runs on three hits over 4 2/3 innings. Joe Mather doubled and scored on an error in the fifth and Tony Campana reached on a bunt single, stole second and eventually scored on a ground out in the sixth. Reed Johnson stole home during a double steal. The bullpen did well as Carlos Marmol, Rafael Dolis and James Russell each threw a hitless inning. Dolis has not given up a run over nine innings this spring.
What went wrong:
Howie Kendrick doubled with one out in the Angels first and Albert Pujols launched the first pitch from Maholm to left to go ahead, 2-0. It’s a good thing Pujols is now in the American League. In the regular season, he has a career .564 (22-for-39) batting average against Maholm, including two home runs.
“There’s a reason I made sure no [American League] West team was on my wish list,” said Maholm, who was a free agent this offseason.
Maholm’s next outing will be Wednesday in a Minor League game at Fitch Park and then he’ll join the big league team in Chicago for Opening Day festivities on Thursday.
“I’ve got all the time in the world. The game’s three hours and I meet with [the media] for 10, 15 minutes a day and the rest of my job is when I see things or teaching factors of the game. That’s just the way I am. I’m more hands on, whether it’s hitting fungoes, throwing batting practice. It’s just something I do and have always done.” — Cubs manager Dale Sveum on how he’ll work with the players during the regular season, the way he has this spring.
Marcos Mateo continues to rehab from right elbow soreness. He will not be ready for Opening Day.
This and that:
Looking ahead, Jay Jackson will start Monday against the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale and Travis Wood will close the Cactus League season on Tuesday against the Brewers. Tuesday’s game will start one hour earlier at 12:05 p.m. Arizona time and be broadcast on WGN Radio.
Lefty Chris Rusin will start on Sunday when the Cubs travel to Tempe to face the Angels for the second straight day. The fourth round pick in 2009, Rusin was 3-2 with a 3.91 ERA at Double-A Tennessee last year and 5-2 with a 4.02 ERA at Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs lineup will be David DeJesus in right, Darwin Barney at second, Starlin Castro at short, Alfonso Soriano in left, Bryan LaHair at first, Ian Stewart at third, Marlon Byrd in center, Geovany Soto as the designated hitter, and Steve Clevenger catching. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.
– Carrie Muskat