3/22 Reds 8, Cubs 3
Roger Bernadina hit a three-run home run and a RBI single and Brandon Phillips added a solo homer in the ninth Saturday to lift the Reds to an 8-3 victory over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd of 15,241, two shy of the Cactus League record. It was the third crowd over 15,000 at new Cubs Park, which opened this year. The Cubs set the Cactus League high 15,243, on Thursday against the Mariners, and have three home games remaining this spring.
Chicago’s Anthony Rizzo had three hits, including a RBI double in the third and a RBI single in the fifth.
Edwin Jackson, who will follow Jeff Samardzija in Chicago’s rotation when the season opens, gave up four runs on eight hits over five innings while striking out seven. Kristopher Negron singled and Brandon Phillips walked with one out in the Reds first, and one out later, they scored on Roger Bernadina’s third home run. Bernadina now has hit safely in 12 of his 18 games.
“It’s just a matter of location,” Jackson said. “Overall, you continue to battle to keep the team in the game. They definitely made me work today, which was good. I needed to get some work in. If you’re going to have a shaky start, I guess you’d rather have it in spring.”
Jackson found out Saturday where he would be slotted in the order. It didn’t matter, the right-hander said.
“One, two, three, four, five — we all have to have the demeanor that we’re the ace that day,” Jackson said. “When you have the ball, you have to be the best pitcher on the field. You can’t worry about where you are in the rotation. As long as you know you’re getting the ball every five days, you’re giving your team a chance to win, that’s the bigger picture.”
* Jason Hammel will make his third Cactus League start on Sunday when the Cubs travel to Phoenix to play the Athletics. The right-hander has stayed on track with a Minor League start in his last outing, throwing 75 pitches. Mike Olt is scheduled to make his second straight start at third base, the first time he will do so. Olt has been slowed this spring with soreness in his right shoulder. The game will be broadcast on WGN TV and on Cubs.com.
— Carrie Muskat