2/28 Cubs 5, A’s 3
Dave Sappelt and Darnell McDonald each hit RBI doubles to lift the Cubs to a 5-3 victory Thursday over the Athletics.
Derek Norris hit a solo home run and scored on Michael Choice’s triple for Oakland and starter Brett Anderson, named the A’s Opening Day starter prior to the game. Anderson gave up one hit over two innings, striking out two.
Feldman, making his Cubs debut, gave up two hits, walked two and struck out two over two innings. Feldman had spent his entire career with the Rangers, but signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in November, in hopes of securing a spot in the rotation.
Sappelt hit a RBI double with one out in the Chicago third to tie the game at 1 but Norris gave the A’s the lead again with a solo home run with two outs in the fourth off Travis Wood. Wood, battling for a spot in the rotation, gave up two hits over two innings and did not walk a batter. Wood got the win.
The Cubs had runners on first and third with two outs in the fourth against Bartolo Colon when Brent Lillibridge hit a grounder to second baseman Scott Sizemore, who flipped to shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, but he dropped the ball and a run scored. Junior Lake followed with a RBI single to go ahead, 3-2.
McDonald added a RBI double with one out in the Chicago fifth, and Christian Villanueva hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth.
Cubs’ Rule 5 pick Hector Rondon, who is coming back from elbow surgery, pitched an efficient 1-2-3 seventh.
Up next: Jeff Samardzija will make his second Cactus League start on Friday when he faces the Diamondbacks at HoHoKam Stadium. Samardzija, vying for the Opening Day job, gave up three hits and struck out two in two innings in his first outing against the Giants. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.
– Carrie Muskat