Mariners 10, Cubs 8: Game notes from Peoria, Ariz.

SHARE Mariners 10, Cubs 8: Game notes from Peoria, Ariz.
screen_shot_2016_03_10_at_8_04_05_pm.png

Kris Negron is met by Javy Baez after homering for the Cubs in the fifth. Baez hit one two innings later.

PEORIA, Ariz. — A sloppy game dropped the Cubs (1-8) to their seventh straight Cactus League loss, causing concern to exactly no one in camp.

Of mild concern, however, is the condition of the left knee of left fielder/catcher Kyle Schwarber, who left the game after “tweaking” the knee on the follow-through of a throw home in the second inning.

He said he did not think it was serious enough to sideline him for more than a few days.

Game highlights and notes:

Lester debut

Jon Lester’s first spring outing included just about everything that could go wrong on the field, from seven hits in two innings, three earned runs in the first, three unearned runs (thanks to three errors) in the second and a return of his infield throwing issue.

“Obviously, it wasn’t ideal, but I got through innings, which is good,” he said. “We were able to mix in some other pitches, and threw some good ones and obviously some not so good ones. And we’ll move on from it.”

Williams watch

Right-hander Ryan Williams, starting pitching prospect in his first big-league spring camp, got his first multiple-inning assignment, and followed Lester with two scoreless innings.

The Cubs’ 2015 Minor League Pitcher of the Year (combined 14-3, 2.16 ERA in Class A and AA) put four runners on with a walk and three hits, but he got an inning-ending double play in the third, and catcher David Ross threw out two would-be base stealers in the fourth.

Williams struck out two and has three scoreless innings overall this spring.

Baez blast

Getting his third start in center, super-utility player Javy Baez doubled and homered, driving in two with his first homer of the spring, a two-out shot to left-center in the seventh.

“He looks good right now,” manager Joe Maddon said.

Rondon rallies

Closer Hector Rondon, making his second appearance in a game workload that will be limited to keep him fresh, gave up a quick double, RBI single and another single to the first three batters he face.

But he then struck out Ed Lucas and got ex-Cub Steve Clevenger to ground into an inning-ending double play.

On deck

Reds at Cubs, Mesa, Ariz., 2:05 p.m., mlb.com audio, Robert Stephenson vs. John Lackey.

The Latest
The student had been showing the gun to classmates at Chute Middle School, but the staff were able to take the gun from the student “without incident,” Evanston police said in a statement.
Brady signed a 10-year deal with Fox last May to become the network’s top analyst. Brady said that he didn’t want to immediately rush into announcing and that he wanted to catch up on some other parts of his life.
Movie customers will be charged more to sit in the middle of the theater, and less to sit in the front row.
Nine mayoral candidates are vying to be your pick on Feb. 28. Read our profiles of each contender here.
Johnson’s lengthy list includes“training and promoting” 200 new detectives and launching a “comprehensive efficiency audit” to identify savings, such as streamlining the number of “non-sergeant” police supervisors.