Final: Padres 10, #Cubs 2
Jabari Blash and Alexei Ramirez each hit two-run home runs in the sixth inning and the Padres took advantage of Jorge Soler’s adventures in left field to post a 10-2 victory Monday over the Cubs in front of a sellout crowd of 15,318 at Sloan Park.
NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta gave up two hits and walked two over four innings in his second start. Arrieta struck out five, and now has fanned nine over six innings this spring. The right-hander walked Derek Norris to start the second inning on four consecutive pitches, which was sort of intentional.
“I wanted to pitch with guys on base,” Arrieta said. “I wanted to work on pitching from the stretch with good timing, good rhythm, good tempo. It was nice to have a guy like Jemile [Weeks] on base, a guy who’s fast, a guy who I had to vary some times and who I had to pick over.”
Weeks collected the first hit off Arrieta with a leadoff single in the third.
“[The walk] was intentionally unintentional, I guess, in the second but a good situation to work on,” Arrieta said.
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first on Kris Bryant’s two-out RBI double but the Padres tied the game in the third when Weeks singled, stole second, and scored one out later on Jon Jay’s double that Soler misplayed.
In the San Diego fifth, Travis Jankowski lined a single to left that dropped in front of a sliding Soler, and rolled all the way to the warning track. Jankowski didn’t stop running, and scored on the error to give the Padres a 2-1 lead. But the Cubs tied the game in their half on Dexter Fowler’s RBI single.
*Up next: Lefty Clayton Richard will make his first spring start on Tuesday when the Cubs travel to Peoria, Ariz., to face the Padres. Richard is one of four relievers who the Cubs want to stretch out this spring. Jon Lester, meanwhile, will pitch in a Minor League game at the Cubs’ complex. The game against the Padres will begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time and be broadcast on Cubs.com.