Marshall strong again in Cubs' win
Left-hander allows one unearned runs in 4 1/3 innings vs. Mariners
CUBS 8 (SS), MARINERS (SS) 1
at Mesa, Ariz.
Friday, March 13
Mariners at the plate: Prentice Redman singled to lead off the fifth, reached third on a throwing error by pitcher Sean Marshall and scored on Oswaldo Navarro's single in front of 10,910 at HoHoKam Stadium.Cubs at the plate: Sam Fuld led off the third with his second spring homer, a towering drive to right, and Andres Blanco hit his first, also a solo shot, with two outs in the fourth. Fuld also drew a walk in the first, scored a run, and singled in the fifth. In the first, Mike Fontenot hit an RBI single, and another run scored on a wild pitch. Reed Johnson and Koyie Hill each added RBI singles.
Mariners on the mound: Gaby Hernandez gave up four runs on four hits, including two homers, over four innings. Mark Lowe walked two, gave up a single and threw two wild pitches to open the sixth, which led to one run.Cubs on the mound: Marshall struck out three and gave up three hits over 4 1/3 innings. He also was charged with one run, which was unearned. The lefty gave up a run in the first inning of his first spring game Feb. 26 and has not given up another earned run in 12 1/3 innings. Kevin Hart struck out the side in the seventh. Cactus League records: Mariners 6-6-1; Cubs 8-9. Up next: The Cubs will host the Angels at HoHoKam Stadium at 3:05 p.m. CT. Aaron Heilman, one of the candidates for the fifth-starter spot, will get the start. Aaron Miles also could be back in the lineup. He's been sidelined with a bruised right shoulder. The game will be broadcast on MLB.TV.
The Mariners will travel to Tucson to face the Rockies on Saturday at 1:10 p.m. PT with Ryan Rowland-Smith, a candidate for Seattle's rotation, scheduled to face Colorado's Jason Marquis. The game will be broadcast on Gameday Audio.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.