Padres unable to pick up Maddux
Right-hander touched in first inning; Gonzalez belts homer
CUBS 7, PADRES 3
at Peoria, Ariz.
Sunday, March 23
Cubs at the plate: Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run single, Ryan Theriot hit a three-run double and Jason Marquis hit a run-scoring single as part of a six-run first against former Cubs righty Greg Maddux. Theriot finished 2-for-3 with two runs and a steal, his sixth of the spring.
Padres on the mound: Maddux had a rough outing, surrendering six runs (one earned) during a 20-minute first inning. Khalil Greene committed an error on the game's first play and the first five Cubs reached safely. In total, Maddux yielded seven hits, two walks and seven runs (two earned) in four innings, striking out four.
Cubs on the mound: Marquis allowed the homer to Gonzalez in the first, but went on to retire the final 11 batters he faced. He also went 2-for-2 at the plate. In 4 1/3 innings, he allowed four hits and three runs while striking out five.
Cactus League records: Cubs 11-14; Padres 11-12Up next for the Cubs: Southpaw Rich Hill will start for the Cubs at HoHoKam Park on Monday at 3:05 p.m. CT against Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez.
Up next for the Padres: Left-hander Randy Wolf will start for the Padres against Ervin Santana and the Angels at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Monday at 1:05 p.m. PT.
Mark Thoma is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.