Ariz. — Justin Ruggiano went 3 for 3 with a two-run
homer and three RBIs, raising his spring training batting
average to .583 as the Chicago Cubs outlasted a Milwaukee
Brewers split squad 10-8 Sunday.
slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, lowering his
average to .636.
Thornburg, who has an outside chance to win a spot in
Milwaukee's rotation, gave up the home run to Ruggiano but
then settled down and blanked the Cubs for the next three
said he didn't feel comfortable at first, but,
"Something clicked" between the first and second
the results are the main thing in baseball,"
Thornburg said. "The results after that were a heck
of a lot different."
Ron Roenicke said Thornburg made a mistake on the homer,
which was his first changeup of the game.
has to be a good one," Roenicke said. "He left
it thigh-high. The guy hit it like you're supposed to.
After that, I thought everything was good."
prospect Kyle Hendricks allowed two runs in three innings
while walking two and striking out four.
scored five times in the seventh, aided by an error on
third baseman Kris Bryant.
scored four in the bottom half, including a two-run single
by Brett Jackson. Brewers third baseman Pete Orr made two
errors in the inning.
Frank Batista was credited with the win, but was also
tagged with a blown save. Justin Grimm got the save after
surviving a ninth inning in which Cubs' fielders lost a
pop fly in the sun and the Brewers left the bases loaded.
drew a Cactus League-record crowd of 14,770 to the Cubs'
new ballpark in Mesa. That eclipsed the previous mark of
14,680 set last Sunday against Kansas City.
a great looking ballpark," said Roenicke, who got his
first look Sunday. "It helps when you pack every
single seat. Pretty cool place."
said Braun has "looked great" at the plate this
spring, and praised his work in moving from left field to
right field. The Brewers are trying to make room for Khris
Davis in left.
done really well," Roenicke said. "We're trying
to get him innings out in right field. That's probably
bigger for him than the at-bats."
was a bit disappointed with two second-inning walks as
both runners ended up scoring.
got out of my mechanics a little bit throwing those two
walks," he said. "You don't want that,
obviously, but that's something I know that as I go out
there more often, I'll be more consistent in my mechanics,
and that won't happen."
acknowledged that he tends to issue a lot of walks early
in spring training, but isn't sure why. Overall, though,
he judged this start better than his first one.
was more in tune with the speed of the game," he
said. "And I made a lot of good pitches."
reliever James Russell, dealing with a "little bit of
a dead arm," threw on the side Saturday and reported
no ill effects. Russell, who has had this issue in the
past, indicated he may throw again Tuesday and then be
ready for game action.
I haven't dealt with before," he said.
Cubs outfielder Ryan Sweeney was replaced in the second
inning because of right knee soreness. Sweeney appeared to
slip in the outfield. He is considered day to day.
reliever Francisco Rodriguez, a late signee, threw live
batting practice Sunday. He could make his Cactus League
debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in
Tempe, Roenicke indicated.
pitches Indians past Brewers 4-2
Ariz. — Josh Tomlin struck out five in four
scoreless innings, helping the Cleveland Indians beat a
Milwaukee Brewers split squad 4-2 on Sunday.
struck out the side in his last inning, continuing his
strong bid for the fifth spot in Cleveland's rotation.
felt like I had a pretty good breaking ball today,"
Tomlin said. "I threw that quite a bit, which is
something I needed to throw for a strike and to be able
to put guys away with."
manager Terry Francona also was impressed.
thought Josh pitched just the way he's advertised and
the way he needs to pitch. He threw strikes, he kept the
ball down, he holds runners," Francona said.
"He basically doesn't beat himself."
gave up two hits in the second inning, but was able to
escape the threat.
getting to that point where you want guys to work
through jams and start to pitch a little bit fatigued
and things like that, because they're getting their legs
under them now and their arm strength," Francona
Brewers scored two runs in the ninth inning against
Travis Banwart. Garrett Cooper had an RBI single and
scored on Hainley Statia's groundout.
shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera started for the second day in
a row. He had two hits and scored a run.
Wily Peralta struggled with his control, walking the
first two batters of the second inning, and then hitting
Matt Carson with a pitch.
was charged with three runs and four hits in 3 1-3
innings, but he retired his last five batters.
bit off in the first couple innings, and was able to
make adjustments and finish it strong," Peralta
right-hander walked two and struck out two. Prior to
Sunday, he had thrown five scoreless innings this
Francona said he thinks Ryan Raburn (bruised left knee)
will play on Monday. He was removed from Friday's game
against the Cubs after he crashed into the right-field
wall while chasing a home run.
Reynolds got the start at third base for the Brewers. He
spent much of 2013 with the Indians, hitting as high as
.302 in early May with nine home runs before struggling
mightily and eventually getting released in August with
a .215 average and 123 strikeouts in 335 at-bats.
signed a minor league deal with Milwaukee in January
that included an invitation to spring training. He went
1 for 3 with a strikeout on Sunday.
Arizona sun can make life difficult for outfielders. It
was Carlos Gomez's turn on Sunday.
Gold Glove center fielder had trouble locating Mike
Aviles' deep fly ball. Racing backward, Gomez had the
ball fall into his glove right as he was falling down.
SPRING TRAINING, BUT.
Indians have not lost in ten straight Cactus League
games (nine wins and one tie).