Monday, March 12, 2012
Cubs 8, Reds 6
By Doug Padilla
MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs came from behind for a 8-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday and are now 2-0 this spring against the two National League Central foes (Reds and Brewers) they face in Cactus League play.
The good: The Cubs put on a pretty impressive power show Monday, but none of the long balls were more majestic than the one Alfonso Soriano hit in the first inning. Batting out of the cleanup spot, Soriano crushed one estimated at 450 feet and nearly cleared the 30-foot high scoreboard well beyond the left field wall. The two-run shot gave Soriano a team-leading four home runs, a number he has reached in just five games played.
The bad: Carlos Marmol continues to show flashes of 2011, and not any of the good flashes. Marmol, who blew 10 saves last season, couldn’t hold a lead in the seventh inning, allowing two hits, two walks and a hit batter for three runs. Marmol has now blown a lead in consecutive outings, giving up a combined seven runs in those appearances.
Beyond the box: Tony Campana had better come up with an asset other than speed if he wants to beat out Joe Mather for a backup outfield spot. Mather, who entered with a .500 spring batting average (5-for-10) hit a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning to put the Cubs up for good. By the way, Mather isn’t known for his speed but he also has three steals. Campana doesn’t have one yet.
Up next: Cubs right-hander Chris Volstad (0-0, 0.00), who gave up one hit in three scoreless innings Thursday, makes his second start of the spring Tuesday against Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner (0-0, 1.59). The game at Scottsdale is set for a 3 p.m. CST start.