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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 9, Padres 3

By Jesse Rogers

MESA, Ariz. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 9-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.

The good: The Cubs' bats finally came alive in the sixth inning when Alfonso Soriano smacked a two-run double and Dioner Navarro followed with a two-run home run. Navarro added another hit as well. David DeJesus isn’t always being rewarded at the plate, but he continues to have good at-bats. He singled and scored a run in the sixth. Then there was Jorge Soler. He came into the game as a replacement and promptly homered to left field in his first at-bat. Christian Villanueva hit his third home run of the spring in the same inning. The Cubs bullpen -- led by Travis Wood's four innings of one-hit ball -- shut out the Padres for the final six innings.

The bad: Starter Scott Feldman got out of a jam in the second, butcouldn’t in the third where he gave up a two-run double to Mark Kotsay. Villanueva struck out twice and was 0-3 before his home run. He has only three hits this spring, but all have left the park.

What we learned: Navarro’s two hits were needed and Cubs catchers have shown considerable pop in camp so far. Going into the weekend Dale Sveum indicated the Cubs needed to have better at-bats and maybe pull out a win for the first time in a week. They did that with some timely hitting and Soler continues to impress with the ball jumping off his bat whenever he connects. The Cubs won for the first time since last Sunday and are 6-10 in Cactus League play.