3/2 Giants 9, Cubs 7

Carlos Villanueva gave up one run on four hits over three innings, and that was a solo home run by Pablo Sandoval, in the Cubs’ 9-7 loss to the Giants on Saturday. Brett Jackson doubled and scored on Matt Szczur’s sacrifice fly in the eighth. Steve Clevenger, starting at first base, hit two RBI singles. Logan Watkins added a RBI double and Jackson had a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Brian Bogusevic also had two hits.

“I’m satisfied, even with the home run allowed,” Villanueva said. “It’s the best I’ve felt and I had better rhythm that [third] inning. Sometimes you have to tip your cap [to Sandoval]. I’d rather tip now in spring than in the regular season. It’s a better day but still have work to do.”

Sandoval hit a pitch that was ankle high.

“It was exactly where I wanted to throw it,” Villanueva said, shaking his head.

* On Sunday, the Cubs will play split-squad games, sending half the team to Tempe to face the Angels, and the other half will play the Brewers at HoHoKam. Yovanni Gallardo had been scheduled to face the Cubs in Mesa but was scratched because of a groin strain. Edwin Jackson will start for the Cubs. This will be Anthony Rizzo’s last game with the Cubs before joining Team Italy for the World Baseball Classic. According to their respective Twitter accounts, Albert Almora and Daniel Vogelbach will be on the travel squad for one of the Cubs’ teams on Sunday. Almora, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick last year, said he’s going to be playing in Tempe.

Here are the early Sunday lineups:

Vs. Brewers in Mesa
Valbuena 3B
Barney 2B
Rizzo 1B
Soriano DH
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Hairston CF
Jackson LF
Baez SS

Vs. Angels in Tempe
DeJesus CF
Sappelt RF
Bogusevic DH
Nelson 1B
Villanueva 3B
Chavez LF
Maysonet 2B
Gonzalez SS

– Carrie Muskat


I would love an article on our Cub connections!!! I would love to know all about the people with whom I am exchanging ideas about the Cubs. Joey and Isabel and Mamma Mia and all of you guys. We seem to be a close knit fan club and I have a special feeling for all of you.

I am going to say it again…..I am glad to see that no more than average player Campana go

Geez – I am going to miss Tony! Sounds like the Diamondbacks are teaching him things that we should have been teaching him instead of trading him. Good for Tony!!!!!

A completley unecessary trade. Tony is young enough and talented ENOUGH to be considered part of the future of the Cubs even if only as a role player. I truly hope Tony has a career that will haunt Hoystein for quite a while. We have such an over all week group of ML outfielder right now I still don’t see how Hoystein thought there was no place for Tony, his defense, his speed etc….

Ryan Searle is still in the Cubs system. He pitched well last year and even better in winter ball in Australia. I would look for him to start the year in AA and move up to AAA later in the year. I think you’ll see him in Chicago in 2014.

Pawelek plays for the team of The Netherlands, but he is born and raised in Utah. His mom is Dutch so he is eligible to play for The Netherlands.
I don’t like the idea that players can play for a country without actually being a citizen, but just because they happen to have relatives of that nationality.

Now I have to correct myself. It looks like Searle made the jump to AA and then AAA last season. Maybe we’ll see him in Chicago this September.

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