Chicago Sun-Times - - CUBS BEAT - — Gor­don Wittenmyer

Arms race

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.

Power play

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’.”

Glove af­fair

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.

Record crowd

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.

On deck

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.

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