Oakland A's 8, Cubs 7

March, 5, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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MESA, Ariz. -- Ryan Dempster made his spring debut by giving up one run over two innings as the Cubs fell 8-7 to the Oakland A’s on Monday.

Oakland’s Yordy Cabrera put the A’s on top for good when he led off the ninth inning with a home run off Cubs minor-league reliever Tony Zych.

THE GOOD: The Cubs got plenty of production from their right fielders. Jeff Baker started there and went 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. Joe Mather, a non-roster invitee to camp, also had two hits with a pair of stolen bases and a run scored, but alas, he grounded into a double play to end the game.

THE BAD: Relievers Marco Carrillo and Manuel Corpas, both non-roster invitees to big-league camp, let a big lead get away by combining to allow six runs to score over a two inning stretch. Carrillo gave up four runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning. Corpas gave up two runs on three hits over 1 1/3 innings.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE: Blake DeWitt promised to relax and have fun this spring and on the first pitch he saw Monday he did just that with a three-run home run. No longer on the 40-man roster, DeWitt needs to earn his spot on the 25-man squad for Opening Day and he hasn’t hurt his chances. Along with his home run Monday, he had three hits in Friday’s intrasquad game.

UP NEXT: Cubs right-hander Matt Garza will face off against Rockies right-hander Guillermo Moscoso in a 1:05 p.m. MST start at HoHoKam Stadium.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jason Hammel
WINS ERA SO IP
2 3.05 16 20
OTHER LEADERS
BAE. Bonifacio .358
HRW. Castillo 3
RBIS. Castro 9
RE. Bonifacio 11
OPSA. Rizzo .914
ERAJ. Samardzija 1.29
SOJ. Samardzija 22