Cubs 6, Indians 2
Manager Manny Acta hasn’t named Jeanmar Gomez as Cleveland’s
fifth starter. Yet.
Gomez gave up his first runs of the spring as the Chicago Cubs
beat the Indians 6-2 Sunday.
Alfonso Soriano hit his sixth homer, a two-run shot, and had
three RBIs for Chicago.
Gomez allowed three runs over five innings. The right-hander is
competing with Kevin Slowey and David Huff for the final rotation
spot. He walked three, struck out three and has a 1.69 ERA in five
”I was really impressed the way Gomez battled without his
fastball command,” Acta said. ”He had to fight through it and it
turned into another good outing.”
At the same time, Slowey worked six innings against the
Cincinnati Reds’ minor-league team, allowing three runs and five
hits without a walk.
”When you don’t throw 97, 98 (mph), you better not walk guys,”
Gomez walked three and said he tried to be a little too fine at
times. The first two Cubs batters reached, but he got Starlin
Castro to hit into a double play. In the third, Chicago loaded the
bases with none out and all three scored – on a groundout by
Castro, Soriano’s sacrifice fly and single by Bryan LaHair.
”I still gave five innings to my team and feel good,” Gomez
said. ”I feel ready.”
Acta attributes Gomez’s success to an improved slider to go with
a fastball and sinker. Gomez said veteran Ubaldo Jimenez has
”I speak with him and watch video of when he was an All-Star in
2010,” Gomez said. ”He helps me with how to attack hitters, how
to pitch with men on base.”
The Cubs got 13 hits and were helped by four Cleveland errors –
three within a span of two batters in a three-run seventh against
reliever Rafael Perez, who yielded Soriano’s homer.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Soriano is the closest to being
assured of a steady lineup spot. ”Nothing is etched in stone
except Soriano is going to be 3, 4 or 5,” Sveum said.
”I’ve probably lost more sleep over our batting order than
anything. It’s just one of those things,” Sveum said. ”It’s
probably going to be four days from now where we just sit down and
say `All right, this is what it’s going to be on opening day.’
Sveum said second baseman Darwin Barney, hitting .379 with a
.406 on-base percentage, may bat leadoff in place of David DeJesus,
who is hitting only .195 with a .298 OBP.
Cubs starter Rodrigo Lopez gave up two runs, two hits and two
walks in the first. He worked 4 1-3 innings, walking three.
NOTES: Indians GM Chris Antonetti would not comment on reports
that RHP Roberto Hernandez, the former Fausto Carmona, has a
restructured contract. The right-hander, when he is removed from
the restricted list, reportedly will make $2.5 million instead of
$7 million, with a 2013 club option reduced from $9 million to $6
million. Paperwork with the U.S. Consulate in the Dominican
Republic must be approved before Hernandez can come to America. …
Chicago’s CF Joe Mather had two doubles and is hitting .432. He
robbed Asdrubal Cabrera of extra bases with a nice catch near the
warning track. … Chicago RHPs Blake Parker, Frankie De La Cruz
and Alberto Cabrera each pitched one hitless inning. … Acta said
3B Jack Hannahan, out since March 15 with a sore back, could play
Monday, ”if he shows up OK and gets through batting practice.”
… Cleveland RHP Chris Perez is scheduled to work one inning in a
minor league game. He is recovering from a strained left