3/25 Angels 8, Cubs 4
Junior Lake, who hit three home runs Sunday, launched his fourth in his last six at-bats this spring with two outs in the fifth but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost, 8-4, to the Angels on Tuesday at Cubs Park. The game was played in front of a Cactus League record crowd of 15,276.
Tsuyoshi Wada, a non-roster invitee who was released on Sunday, then re-signed to a Minor League contract the next day, started for the Cubs. The lefty walked Kole Calhoun to start the game and he reached third on Mike Trout’s single before scoring on Albert Pujols’ sacrifice fly. Wada had his longest outing of the spring, giving up two runs on four hits over four innings.
Mike Olt, who is trying to make the Cubs’ Opening Day roster, made a nice bare-handed grab of Mike Trout’s grounder and threw him out to open the third, and executed a backhanded grab in the fifth. Olt was slowed this spring by soreness in his right shoulder.
One of the Cubs’ top prospects, Albert Almora, had a scare in the fourth when he caught Collin Cowgill’s fly ball, then slid hard into the wall. Almora lay on the track for a few minutes, but was able to get up and jog off the field.
* Up next: Jeff Samardzija makes his final Cactus League start Wednesday when the Cubs face the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale. The D-Backs may be a little jetlagged. They returned home early Monday from their two-game series against the Dodgers in Australia. Samardzija won’t go too deep in the game as he prepares for Monday’s season opener against the Pirates, and Chris Rusin, a candidate for the fifth spot, is slated to follow. The game will be broadcast on Cubs.com.