CUBS 3, ANGELS 0
Eight pitchers, mostly guys who will start in the minors, combined to throw a six- hit shutout. That included winning pitcher Neil Ramirez, who threw a 1- 2- 3 fourth inning the hard way ( leadoff single and inningending double play started by catcher David Ross). Ramirez, who had a 1.44 ERA as a rookie in 2014 before an injury- hampered 2015, is trying to earn a spot in a tightly packed pen.
Three days after manager
Joe Maddon talked about how impressed he was with Addison
Russell’s power, the shortstop drove a 1- 2 pitch from lefthander Jose Alvarez to the top of the grass berm for a two- run shot in the fourth. One day earlier, Russell described his more comfortable approach to hitting as “grippin’ and rippin’.”
The “old” guys in the lineup showed the most youthful moves in the field. In the third, second baseman Ben Zobrist, 34, ranged to his left, fielded the ball, spun and bounced an off- balance throw to Javy Baez at first to get
Yunel Escobar by a half- step. In the fourth, Cliff Pennington hit a low pop- up foul, and catcher
David Ross, 38, sprinted and dove for the catch. Then he leaped to his feet and threw out C. J. Cron trying to advance to second. Outfield prospect John Andreoli, 25, added a leaping catch at the wall in right in the ninth.
The crowd of 15,446 set a spring- training attendance record for Sloan Park, in its third year. The old record was 15,342, set March 27, 2015, vs. the White Sox.
Reds at Cubs, Mesa, 2: 05 p. m., 670- AM, Brandon Finnegan vs. Trevor Cahill. Ex- Cubs manager Lou Piniella, a senior adviser for the Reds, is scheduled to attend.