See, I told you that Spring Training games are totally meaningless. The Cubs got stomped by some other team yesterday. But that doesn’t matter. Here’s what matters:
- Carlos Silva proved that he’s come to camp hungry for redemption. But hungrier for pancakes. After a disastrous two innings where he gave up six earned runs, Silva’s chances to take the fifth starter spot are already dramatically reduced – but his chances to waste a spot in the bullpen remain as high as his salary.
- Young pitchers James Russell and Andrew Cashner each threw two innings. Russell’s performance was called the day’s best by Lou Piniella, and Cashner’s was only so-so. The Cubs’ 2008 first round pick struggled with his control. Each is looking for a spot in the Cubs’ pen, which now has one more opening with the news that Angel Guzman won’t be pitching any time soon.
- This game featured most of the Cubs’ regular starting position players, so not too many of the guys fighting for bench spots saw significant action. Tyler Colvin came into the game halfway through, played center field, but went 0 for 2.