Indians 4, Cubs 3
Carlos Zambrano struggled with his control, and the fielding was
a bit shaky behind him. And he kept his cool throughout.
That may be a little more difficult to do in his next start.
Zambrano allowed four runs and walked five over five innings in
the Chicago Cubs’ 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Monday. But
the right-hander, who has struggled with his emotions at times in
the past, stayed calm when he surrendered a few bloop hits and
shortstop Starlin Castro and second baseman Darwin Barney misplayed
a couple balls.
”This is spring training, if it was in league play,” Zambrano
said, catching himself before saying more. ”I won’t worry about
what happens with others. There’s nothing I can do when people
don’t execute. We have good coaches that can take care of that. My
job is to pitch.”
Zambrano went 8-0 with a 1.41 ERA in his final 11 outings in
2010 following a verbal altercation with former teammate Derrek Lee
that led to the right-hander being sent to counseling.
One of the Indians’ runs was unearned, and Zambrano also allowed
four hits and struck out two.
”My ball was moving,” he said. ”At the same time, I made
pitches when I had to.”
Zambrano said he is eager for the season to start, even though
he won’t start on opening day for the first time in six years.
”I felt good,” he said. ”The most important thing is my arm
is sound, my body feels good. Let’s get it on.”
Cleveland closer Chris Perez developed an upset stomach and had
to leave with two out in the ninth. He was charged with two runs
and one hit.
”His food came up on him,” manager Manny Acta said.
Rookie Vinnie Pestano, who was told Monday morning he had earned
a roster spot, came on and hit Koyie Hill with a pitch before
striking out Reed Johnson to end the game.
Carlos Carrasco allowed one run and three hits in six innings
for Cleveland. He struck out five and walked none.
Indians outfielder Grady Sizemore, recovering from microfracture
surgery on his left knee, was caught trying to steal second in the
third inning, but was successful in the sixth when he got a big
jump and the Cubs didn’t cover second.
Carlos Pena hit his third spring homer for Chicago, and also
doubled in a run.
NOTES: Acta also told INF Adam Everett, C Lou Marson and RHPs
Frank Herrmann and Justin Germano they had made the club. …
Herrmann and Germano each worked a scoreless inning. Herrmann has a
1.69 ERA, and Germano has not allowed a run in nine innings over
eight outings. … Cubs LHP John Grabow worked a scoreless inning.
It was his sixth straight scoreless outing as he continues to rehab
from a left knee injury. … OF Bo Greenwell, son of former Red Sox
All-Star Mike Greenwell, got a pinch-hit single. The younger
Greenwell is a Class A player in the Indians farm system.