Cubs 5, Giants 4

March, 13, 2012
3/13/12
6:14
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. –The Cubs held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 5-4 on Tuesday and are now 4-1 in road games and 4-1 against National League opponents.

The good: Despite relying heavily on a fastball, Chris Volstad still pitched three scoreless innings, allowing two hits. Volstad has now pitched six scoreless innings in two outings this spring as he tries to stake a claim to one of the open spots in the rotation.

The bad: Bryan LaHair didn’t have much luck in a game started by another left-hander. LaHair struck out all three times he came to the plate and now has a .150 batting average (3-for-20) this spring with seven strikeouts. Andy Sonnanstine gave up three runs on five hits in one inning of work, but one hit came on a bunt and another when Blake DeWitt hesitated on a throw from third base.

Outside the box: Anthony Rizzo still figures to be destined for Triple-A Iowa, but he’s making everybody stand up and take notice. Rizzo came on as a replacement for LaHair at first base and hit a two-run home run, his first in a Cubs uniform. He also smothered a ground ball at first on an in-between hop in the ninth inning to help preserve the victory.

Up next: Cubs right-hander Randy Wells (0-0, 0.00) will get the start Wednesday against Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf (1-0, 0.00) in the 3 p.m. CST start from HoHoKam Park.


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 .366
HRW. Castillo 3
RBIS. Castro 9
RE. Bonifacio 12
OPSA. Rizzo .948
ERAJ. Samardzija 1.29
SOJ. Samardzija 22