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March 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Mariners-Cubs game thread, March 19

CUBS WIN, CUBS WIN — The Cubs held on to win it here today, 12-7. It’s Seattle’s fourth loss in five games and drops its record to 11-7-1.
CUBS GET THREE IN EIGHTH — The Cubs got three runs in the top of the eighth to take an 11-7 lead. Most of the damage came off reliever Steve Delabar, who gave up four hits and three earned runs in 1.2 innings.
VARGAS SAYS HE FEELS FINE — Obviously, the first question at this point of year when a pitcher gets hit the way Vargas did today is whether there is anything wrong physically.
Vargas said no.
“Everything is fine, I felt good,” he said. “I mean I guess I wasn’t getting ahead the first couple of hitters and it kind of snowballed from there.”
Vargas walked the first batter, David DeJesus, on four pitches and then allowed eights hits in the first inning and seven runs.
“I mean I don’t even know what to tell you,” he said. “it seemed like whatever I threw, especially with two strikes, they hit, so I don’t know. Forget about it and move on. … I mean obviously I don’t want to walk the first guy on four pitches, but I wasn’t all over the place by any means. Seemed like it didn’t matter if it was a good pitch or a bad pitch, they put it in play.”
Vargas is slated to start Seattle’s second game of the year on March 29 against the A’s in Japan. With the team leaving Thursday, he won’t have another start here but said he will get in some sort of throwing between now and then.
“I felt like I’ve been throwing the ball well,” he said of his spring before today — he entered with a 5.63 ERA in eight official innings. “Even today I didn’t feel bad, didn’t feel like I was throwing the ball all over the place. Just one of hose days I guess, definitely don’t want to have too many of them.”
CATCHING UP — Sorry, between some interviews and other stuff got behind on the blog.
It’s now 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh, with the Cubs ahead.
BOTTOM THIRD — The Mariners went down easily once Jay Jackson came on for Cubs starter Travis Wood.
MARINERS TIE IT — Jesus Montero hit a long home run to right-center to make it 7-6, scoring Smoak who had singled. That’s the second of the spring and a team-high 10 RBI for Montero.
Seagar then followed with a solo shot to almost the same spot, ending the day for Cubs starter Travis Wood and tying the score at 7-7 with no outs in the bottom of the third.
Yes, the wind is blowing so the ball is traveling well today. But the Mariners are hitting them hard, too.
TOP THIRD — Camp, the noted groundball specialist, got two more in the third in setting the Cubs down with ease, leaving the score at 7-4. Camp has retired seven of eight batters faced, four on ground balls.
BOTTOM SECOND — Figgins tripled in Ryan, who had doubled, and then scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-4. Figgins hit a line drive over the center fielder’s head for his third extra base hit of the spring in 23 at-bats.
TOP SECOND — Camp gave up a two-out single but otherwise was unscathed, so it’s 7-2 moving to the bottom of two.
BOTTOM FIRST — Ichiro hit a 2-run HR to right, his first of the spring, to cut the lead to 7-2. Ichiro is now 10-23 this spring.
TOP FIRST — The Cubs hit Jason Vargas around hard and he didn’t make it out of the first, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a walk before he was pulled in favor of Shawn Camp.
Most of the balls were hard hit, though there was one bloop double down the left field line. But most of the rest were pretty much rockets, three doubles and five singles.
— Camp got the final out, so the top of the first ends with the Cubs up 7-0.
PRE-GAME — Getting set here for the game between the Mariners and Cubs at 1:05 p.m.
I’ll pass along updates as I can today. You can also follow the game here and here.
Here’s Seattle’s lineup:
Chone Figgins, LF
Dustin Ackley, 2B
Ichiro, RF
Justin Smoak, 1B
Jesus Montero, DH
Kyle Seager, 3B
Miguel Olivo, C
Michael Saunders, CF
Brendan Ryan, SS
Jason Vargas, P
Here’s Chicago’s:
David DeJesus, RF
Darwin Barney, 2B
Starlin Castro, SS
Alfonso Soriano, LF
Jeff Baker, 3B
Marlon Byrd, CF
Reed Johnson, DH
Joe Mather, 1B
Wellington Castillo, C
Travis Wood, P

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