Anthony Rizzo went 1-for-3 with a walk and an opposite field three-run home run as the Cubs defeated the Brewers 11-7 on Wednesday.
Rizzo's third-inning three-run home run off of Kyle Lohse pushed the Cubs' lead to 5-0 at the time. It was a rare offensive success for Rizzo, as it was only his second blast of the spring and he carries a meager .185 average (10-for-54) nearing the end of spring training. A frequent first-round pick in fantasy leagues, Rizzo is looking to match or exceed last year's .286 average, 32 home runs, and 78 RBI.
Dexter Fowler went 3-for-3 with a walk, a triple, a two-run home run, and four runs scored on Wednesday against the Brewers.
Fowler showed what kind of damage he is capable of at the top of the Cubs' lineup. His fourth-inning two-run home run off of Kyle Lohse extended the Cubs' lead to 7-0. With spring training drawing to a close, Fowler is batting .319 (15-for-47) with two doubles, two triples, and two home runs.
Kyle Lohse was hit around in his final start of the spring on Wednesday, surrendering seven runs over four innings to the Cubs.
Lohse served up three home runs, allowing eight hits and four walks in total while striking out three. It's not exactly the end to the spring he was hoping for, but he'll have to put it behind him as he prepares to oppose Rockies right-hander Kyle Kendrick on Opening Day on Monday.
Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Mariners.
Garcia opened the scoring for the White Sox, singling in a run in the first inning. He plated another with an RBI single in the second, but the big hit was a two-run homer in the fourth. The 23-year-old is hitting .328 with eight RBI this spring, and after injury marred his 2014 season a healthy Garcia should deliver on his big promise this year.
Jason Hammel was effective over five innings against the Brewers on Wednesday, allowing just one run in his final Cactus League start.
Hammel gave up six hits, walked none, and struck out five. He ends spring training with a 3.24 ERA and a terrific 22/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. Last season with the Cubs, he posted a 2.98 ERA with a 104/23 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings before a trade to the Athletics. A return to the Windy City, in the DH-less National League, bodes well for his fantasy value.
Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
The two-hit afternoon raised the first baseman's Cactus League average to .518. Abreu doubled off Mariners starter James Paxton and also singled in the game. The regular season can't get here soon enough for the red hot slugger.
James Paxton was knocked around by the White Sox Wednesday, allowing 10 hits and seven runs in a loss.
The good news is that the numbers don't count, but that's about all the good that can be gleaned from the start. Paxton didn't allow a home run, but three of the 10 hits were doubles from White Sox batters. The southpaw struck out three while walking one. Paxton hasn't been overly impressive in spring, but getting to the regular season healthy is the most important thing for the 26-year-old.
Scott Carroll pitched well again Wednesday, limiting the Mariners to two hits and one run in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Carroll has been good all spring, as his outing left his Cactus League ERA at 1.59. The right-hander didn't walk or strike out a batter. Carroll isn't a consideration for a rotation spot, but he might have won himself a bullpen job with the good showing.