at Tucson, Ariz.
Thursday, March 25
Cubs at the plate: The offense wasted little time against starter Dan Haren, scoring two runs on him in the first inning and five more in the second. James Adduci went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Tyler Colvin went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to pace the offense. Mike Fontenot also picked up two hits and drove in two runs in the victory. Micah Hoffpauir also drove in a run.D-backs at the plate: Conor Jackson went 2-for-3 with a home run, his third of the spring, and continues to tear up the Cactus League. Jackson, who is hitting .421, also scored a run. Kelly Johnson, Stephen Drew and Mark Reynolds also picked up hits on a slow offensive day for the home team.
Cubs on the mound: Tom Gorzelanny shined on the hill, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings. He struck out four batters and lowered his ERA to 3.07. His lone blemish was a home run by Jackson and an RBI by D-backs third baseman Reynolds. John Grabow pitched two scoreless innings of relief to stymie the Arizona offense.D-backs on the mound: Starter Haren had a tough afternoon on the mound but remains on track for Opening Day. The D-backs ace was charged with seven runs on 10 hits in four innings. He struck out three batters and walked one. He estimates he threw 80 pitches and said he will throw 100 pitches in his next outing. Jordan Norberto followed with a scoreless inning of relief. Norberto has not allowed a run in eight outings this spring.
Worth noting: Juan Gutierrez continues to be a force on the mound. The D-backs right-handed reliever had not allowed a hit or a run in his six previous innings entering Thursday's game. He extended his streak to seven innings by pitching a scoreless eighth inning against the Cubs. Gutierrez has five strikeouts and has issued two walks this spring.
Cactus League records: Cubs 13-8-2; D-backs 10-12-1Up next: Edwin Jackson, Arizona's No. 2 starter, will take the hill against the White Sox at Tucson Electric Park on Friday at 1:05 p.m. local time. Jackson is looking for a more consistent performance this time on the mound. In his last appearance, the right-hander began the game by allowing a walk, hitting a batter and giving up a homer. He retired the next five hitters in a row. Aaron Heilman is also scheduled to pitch.
Carlos Zambrano will make his fifth spring start Friday at HoHoKam Park when the Cubs play host to the Athletics. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on MLB.TV, WGN Radio and WGN TV. Big Z, who will be the Opening Day starter, threw five scoreless innings in his last outing March 20 against the Royals. In that game, he struck out four. Also, Aramis Ramirez should be back at third base for the first time since March 13. He's been bothered by a sore right triceps. Derrek Lee injured his back in a freak accident in Surprise, Ariz. when the chair he was sitting in collapsed, and he is day-to-day.
Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.