The Cubs played two games yesterday – won one, lost one. It was battletastic.
- Sean Marshall dominated again, and everyone is annointing him the fifth starter. He probably is, but I stick to my thesis: if it’s even close between he and Aaron Heilman – and right now, it is close, because Heilman has been dominating, too – the spot is going to go to Heilman.
- Chad Gaudin had absolutely nothing in his game, and was battered. It was already conceded that he’s not going to make the rotation, but now – unbelievably – he’s in a struggle just to make the pen. I tend to think several years of big league success should trump a shaky Spring, but I don’t make those decisions. He should probably step it up.
- Kevin Hart struck out the side in a too-little-too-late relief inning.
- Jose Ascanio, also trying to squeeze into a semi-non-existent bullpen spot, threw another scoreless inning. He hasn’t given up an earned run yet.
- New bench seeker Esteban German went 0-2 at third, and left five guys on base. Oops.
- There’s the Joey Gathright we know and hate: 0-4 with two Ks.
- Micah Hoffpauir and Koyie Hill had ho-hum one-hit games.