The Cubs ventured over to Camelback Ranch to battle the Dodgers Saturday afternoon as they sought another win in the wake of their first loss in over a week. Chicago got another outstanding start and more power en route to victory.
Yan Gomes took Syndergaard deep in the 5th inning to end his afternoon and give the Cubs a lead. Mike Tauchman and Christopher Morel then hit back-to-back solo home runs off lefty Alex Vesia later in the frame to make it 3-0.
The Dodgers’ James Outman homered in the bottom of the 5th inning but a Gomes sacrifice fly got that tally right back in the 6th. Jake Slaughter added a 9th-inning solo shot and Chicago got the win. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
Putting up a combination of power and outstanding starting pitching is always a good way to win a baseball game. The Cubs got both of those things on Saturday.
Stats That Matter
- Wesneski continues to be very impressive: 4 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 K, and 0 BB.
- Gomes is Chicago’s starting catcher for his glove, so any offense like Saturday is just gravy.
- Cam Sanders was nasty, striking out the side in the 9th.
Wesneski has taken a firm grip on a rotation spot and I think it would be foolish not to let him start the season in the 5th starter’s spot.
The Milwaukee Brewers come to Sloan Park Sunday at 3:05pm CT. Adrian Sampson tries to right the ship after a rough beginning to the spring. As always, Marquee has the telecast.