3/25/2013 7:13 P.M. ET
Torres, Arias get big hits in victory over Cubs
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
MESA, Ariz. -- Andres Torres and Joaquin Arias each hit two-run doubles and Buster Posey had three hits, including an RBI double, to back Ryan Vogelsong and lift the Giants to a 9-3 victory Monday over the Cubs in front of 13,374, the third-highest attendance in HoHoKam Stadium history.
Vogelsong, the Giants' fifth starter, scattered six hits over six innings, walked two and struck out three while allowing three runs.
The Giants loaded the bases in the first and stranded two in the second, but Chicago starter Travis Wood couldn't get out of trouble in the third. With one on and one out, Cole Gillespie doubled and Torres followed with a two-run double. Torres moved up on a wild pitch and then scored on Todd Linden's sacrifice fly to open a 3-0 lead.
The Cubs had a runner at second with two outs in the third when David DeJesus dropped a double into center, which Angel Pagan lost in the sun. The runner scored.
Posey blooped an RBI double to right with two outs in the fourth to make it 4-1.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the fourth, but third baseman Nick Noonan, who has been optioned to the Giants' Minor League camp, made a great diving stop of Alberto Gonzalez's hard-hit grounder and threw in time to end the inning. Noonan doubled with one out in the fifth and scored one out later on Pagan's single.
Wood, who will be slotted into the No. 3 spot in the Cubs' rotation, gave up seven hits and four runs and walked four over four innings.
Dioner Navarro hit his fourth spring home run with two outs and one on in the Chicago sixth to close to 5-3 but the Giants loaded the bases in the seventh against Cory Wade, who is battling for the final spot in the bullpen, and added a run on Pagan's groundout. Joe Panik then hit a potential double-play ball to shortstop Brent Lillibridge, but his throw was low and a run scored on the error. Arias then hit a two-run double.
The Cubs have two games remaining at HoHoKam on Tuesday night and Thursday. They will move to a new spring facility in west Mesa next year.
Up next: To control Matt Cain's pitch count more easily and prevent National League West opponent San Diego from getting a good look at him Tuesday, the Giants will send away their Opening Day starter to pitch in a Minor League intrasquad or exhibition game. Right-hander Yusmeiro Petit, who already has accepted an assignment to Triple-A Fresno, will start for the Giants in their home Cactus League finale.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.