The Chicago Cubs lost one late to the Colorado Rockies. But that doesn’t matter. The way they lost it, though, matters quite a bit. It shows up in the battles.

  • Randy Wells, who had quietly been puting together a solid Spring – contemporaneously with several former “locks” in the pen putting together crummy to very crummy Springs – fell on his face yesterday, and it may have ended his bid to join the big league pen. He gave up five earned runs and didn’t make it through an inning. He’s got options, so look for him to head back to AAA Iowa soon.
  • Kevin Hart is probably Iowa-bound as well. Another middling outting, and his Spring ERA, which had been steadily declining, is back up near 7.
  • Joey Gathright is playing himself right off the roster. Another o-fer with a couple strikeouts.