Cubs beat Padres 10-4 in spring-training game Thursday
MESA, Ariz. — Tyler Chatwood gave up his first run of the spring in a three-inning start. The run scored on a two-out hit in the third after he’d walked two during the Cubs’ 10-4 victory over the Padres in a Cactus League game at Sloan Park.
“I wasn’t as sharp today,” said Chatwood, who has a 1.50 ERA in three spring starts. “My fastball command was very spotty. My curveball has tight spin right now, has good shape. I’m just starting it out as a ball rather than strike to ball.
“Overall, I feel good, so it was good to get out of there feeling good. Now I know what I need to focus on and lock in.”
The Cubs improved to 10-2-2 this spring.
Baez injury scare
Second baseman Javy Baez felt hamstring tightness while running out a double during the Cubs’ five-run second and left the game.
He got treatment during and after the game and called it a cramp.
He said he felt “normal” and didn’t expect to miss any scheduled playing time.
Hot-hitting switch hitter Ian Happ tripled home a run with one out in the fourth and later scored in the inning, batting in the leadoff spot again.
Happ is 9-for-21 (.429) with seven extra-base hits, two walks, a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.690 OPS in eight games leading off.
Left-hander Justin Wilson, who struggled with command after being acquired in a trade last July, pitched another scoreless inning, allowing just a one-out single.
In three scoreless outings, he hasn’t allowed a walk, has struck out two and given up two hits.
Lefty Mike Montgomery, the sixth starter and staff swingman, pitched two innings, giving up a home run in each for his first two runs allowed of the spring.
The second homer, by lefty-hitting Travis Jankowski, was an inside-the-park shot to right-center.
Jankowski’s homer was the second ITPHR against the Cubs in three games.
On deck: Angels at Cubs, Mesa, Matt Shoemaker vs. Jon Lester, 2:10 p.m. Friday, 670-AM.
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