Second basemen carry offense after Beckett exits
Gordon collects two hits, RBI, while Guerrero plates two; righty bruises thumb
MESA, Ariz. -- Cubs youngster Kyle Hendricks and Dodgers veteran Josh Beckett were each sharp over their three frames on Friday, as neither allowed a hit out of the infield. But it was Beckett, forced into an early exit because of a bruised right thumb, who came out of the 5-4 Cubs victory the worse for his effort.
The game was played before a crowd of 15,191 at Cubs Park -- a Cactus League record. It topped the previous high of 14,840, set Tuesday in a game between the Cubs and Rockies. The fans at Cubs Park saw the home side rally for a four-run sixth inning, in which Anthony Rizzo and Justin Ruggiano each had RBI hits before Luis Valbuena launched a two-run homer to cap the scoring.
Hendricks struck out four over three scoreless frames. The 24-year-old right-hander earned the Cubs' Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award last season, and he has allowed three runs on five hits in eight innings this spring.
Both leadoff men -- Dee Gordon for the Dodgers and Emilio Bonifacio for the Cubs -- reached base on infield hits to start the game, but the offenses couldn't get much else going early.
It was Gordon who drove in the game's first run with a two-out RBI triple in the top of the fifth. In competition for the Dodgers' starting second-base job, Gordon lined a full-count pitch into the right-field corner and motored into third, standing up. He finished 2-for-3.
Alex Guerrero, Gordon's competition at second, also had a solid day, mashing a two-run double to cut the Cubs' lead to two in the top of the seventh. But he was subsequently picked off at second base to end the threat.
Up next: The Dodgers play a day/night doubleheader at Camelback Ranch on Saturday. In the 1:05 p.m. PT game, Minor Leaguer Sam Demel starts against Andrew Cashner and the Padres. In the 7:05 p.m. game, Clayton Kershaw gets his final Spring Training prep before his Opening Day assignment in Australia, facing the White Sox and Chris Sale. Regulars Gordon, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier will play in the day; Yasiel Puig, Juan Uribe and A.J. Ellis at night.