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PHOENIX (AP) - All in all, it was a really nice day for Chicago Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva. Just don't ask him about that one walk on his line.
Villanueva threw six scoreless innings in the Cubs' 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.
"I had that one walk and I'm furious about it," he said. "I hate giving up those free runners. I don't know what the percentage is but they almost always score. It sounds weird but I'd almost rather give up a home run than a walk because if they're going to score, at least they're going to earn it."
No one scored against Villanueva, who allowed five singles and struck out four in his best outing of the spring. The right-hander, who signed a $10 million, two-year contract with the Cubs in the offseason, had allowed eight runs and 15 hits in 11 2-3 innings across his four prior starts.
Villanueva, who was 13-11 in two seasons as a part-time starter in Toronto, is slated for the last spot in what he believes is a vastly improved rotation for Chicago.
"I think it's a good mix of veteran guys who have been around a couple teams now so we know how it is," Villanueva said. "We may not have all the aces but we have a rotation that will keep us around games. Hopefully, one of us turns into that other ace or couple aces that we need."
Villanueva also helped the Cubs score their only run against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo in the fifth. Luis Valbuena moved to second on Villanueva's sacrifice and scored when Donnie Murphy failed to make a sliding, backhand catch of a high pop fly to shallow left field for an error.
Gallardo yielded the unearned run and four hits in 5 1-3 innings. He has one spring outing left before taking the mound for his fourth straight opening-day start.
"They stay the same," Gallardo said. "It's opening day. We're all excited and ready to get started. Fans are excited and there's that extra adrenaline that first game. Just got to find a way to stay relaxed and pitch like it's any other game."
Khris Davis connected in the seventh for his sixth home run for Milwaukee, but Darwin Barney and Dioner Navarro hit consecutive homers with two out in the ninth inning for Chicago.
Barney belted a two-run shot before Navarro connected against Michael Olmsted to give the Cubs a 4-1 lead.
NOTES: Despite his offensive numbers, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Davis remains on the bubble for making the roster. ... David DeJesus and Starlin Castro each had two hits for the Cubs. ... The Cubs sent 11 players to minor league camp - pitchers Drew Carpenter, Jaye Chapman, Casey Coleman, Jensen Lewis, Blake Parker and Chris Rusin, infielders Edwin Maysonet and Brad Nelson, and outfielders Brian Bogusevic, Johermyn Chavez and Darnell McDonald. ... RHP Marco Estrada, who has a sparkling 0.96 ERA for Milwaukee, starts Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.
|Players of the Game|
|David DeJesus, CF||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.385|
|Brent Lillibridge, CF||2||0||1||0||0||1||1||.483|
|Starlin Castro, SS||5||0||2||0||0||0||3||.462|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.267|
|Alfonso Soriano, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.244|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||3||0||0||0||1||0||0||.298|
|Welington Castillo, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.189|
|J.C. Boscan, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|a- Steve Clevenger, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.361|
|Timothy Saunders, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Zach Putnam, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Luis Valbuena, 3B||3||2||0||0||1||1||2||.239|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.208|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cory Wade, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Zeke DeVoss, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hector Rondon, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Dioner Navarro, PH-C||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.314|
|a-singled for Boscan in the 9th|
|b-singled for Wade in the 8th|
|c-homered for Rondon in the 9th|
|2B - Brent Lillibridge (5, Olmsted)|
|HR - Darwin Barney (2, Olmsted), Dioner Navarro (3, Olmsted)|
|SH - Carlos Villanueva (1)|
|RBI - Darwin Barney 2 (9), Dioner Navarro (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Darwin Barney 2 (4), Dioner Navarro (8)|
|PK - David DeJesus (1, Gallardo)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Barney-Castro|
|Cory Wade (BS,1)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||5.63|
|Hector Rondon (W,2-0)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||2.57|
|Zach Putnam (S,1)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||3.12|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Villanueva 34-30, Cory Wade 8-8, Hector Rondon 7-7, Zach Putnam 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Villanueva 6-7, Zach Putnam 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Villanueva 23, Cory Wade 4, Hector Rondon 3, Zach Putnam 5|
|Norichika Aoki, RF||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Stephen Parker, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Logan Schafer, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.298|
|Cole Garner, LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.364|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||2||0||0||0||1||0||2||.333|
|Hainley Statia, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.214|
|Yadiel Rivera, SS||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Martin Maldonado, C||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.190|
|Michael Olmsted, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Stinson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Sean Halton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Khris Davis, LF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.333|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Dayton Buller, C||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Blake Lalli, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.342|
|Donnie Murphy, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.225|
|Caleb Gindl, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.234|
|Yovani Gallardo, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Alfredo Figaro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Mitch Haniger, PH-CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-hit into fielder's choice for Stinson in the 9th|
|b-lined out for Figaro in the 7th|
|HR - Khris Davis (6, Wade)|
|SH - Yovani Gallardo (1)|
|RBI - Khris Davis (14)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Weeks-Murphy-Lalli, Statia-Rivera-Lalli|
|E - Donnie Murphy (3, Dropped fly)|
|Michael Olmsted (L,0-1)||0.2||4||3||3||0||0||2||5.23|
|WP - Mike Gonzalez (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 35-27, Alfredo Figaro 5-5, Mike Gonzalez 10-9, Michael Olmsted 10-9, Josh Stinson 1-1|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 4-7, Alfredo Figaro 2-2, Michael Olmsted 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 21, Alfredo Figaro 5, Mike Gonzalez 5, Michael Olmsted 6, Josh Stinson 1|
|Attendance - 8806|
|Game Time - 2:47|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - Hal Gibson|