MESA, Ariz. -- Ryan Sweeney hit his first spring home run to lift the Cubs to a 4-3 victory Thursday over the White Sox in front of 15,170 at Cubs Park, setting a single-season Cactus League record.
The Cubs drew 213,815 at the new ballpark, breaking the old mark of 203,105, which the team set in 2009 at HoHoKam Stadium.
In 15 home games, the Cubs averaged 14,254 fans, tops in the Cactus League, and Cubs Park now has the top 11 single game Cactus League attendance marks.
Travis Wood, who will start the second game of the regular season for the Cubs on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, gave up two hits over three scoreless innings. The lefty is ready to play games that count.
"I think that's unanimous around the clubhouse -- everybody is ready to get away from here and get things rolling," Wood said.
Wood is coming off his first 200-inning season, and took the same approach this offseason.
"I took the same approach as I did the offseason before last," he said. "It seemed to work for me last year and I didn't want to change anything and keep everything in stride and keep it rolling."
Emilio Bonifacio singled to lead off the Cubs first against Felipe Paulino, stole second, moved up on a groundout and scored on Anthony Rizzo's groundout. Ryan Sweeney made it 2-0 with a leadoff home run in the second, the 36th home run by the Cubs this spring, tops in the Majors.
Paulino allowed three runs on five hits over four innings.
"I feel like I'm ready for the season," Paulino said. "We're supposed to through four innings today, and that's what we did. I made great pitches today. There were a few situations in the game, they made a good swing to me, but in the end, I compete and made a great pitch and they get out of the inning sometimes."
The White Sox finished 0-for-3 in Cactus League replay challenges, after a seventh-inning out call on an Alexei Ramirez slow roller to third was confirmed.
Up next: The White Sox close out their exhibition schedule with a contest in Birmingham against their Double-A affiliate, the Barons. The first pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. CT and can be found on barons.com. It's a bullpen day on the mound, with Donnie Veal, Maikel Cleto, Scott Downs, Matt Lindstrom, David Purcey and Zach Putnam scheduled to throw.
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.Less