Carlos Zambrano got smacked around, at least in one inning, and the Cubs fell to the Giants 5-1. Derrek Lee fouled a ball off his foot and had to leave the game, but there hasn’t been an indication (yet) that he suffered any kind of serious injury. On to the battles:

  • Sam Fuld, hoping to make the Cubs as a reserve outfielder, played center field and went hitless in two plate appearances.
  • Jeff Baker failed to put any distance between himself and Mike Fontenot in the battle to start at second base. Baker went o-3 with a walk.
  • A host of pitchers trying to make the bullpen (or the rotation, if possible) each threw a scoreless inning, including Rule Five pick Mike Parisi, Andrew Cashner, Thomas Diamond, John Gaub, and Justin Berg.
  • Kevin G

    If D-lee goes down we are screwed. Tracy or LaHair playing first, it would figure the one position they dont have a top prospect in.

  • Dingo ate my baby

    From Arizona Phil:-

    #1 LHRP John Grabow pitched the 4th inning and had a much better day than last Saturday, when he gave up three runs in just an inning of work. Today Grabow pitched a shutout inning (4-3, L-8, E-5, 5-3), although one batter did reach base when Aramis Ramirez fielded a one hopper and (with all the time the world) promptly threw the ball over Derrek Lee’s head (no easy task). But Grabow looked good (11 pitches – 9 strikes, 2/1 GO/FO).

    Rule 5 RHP Mike Parisi followed Grabow to the mound and had a solid outing (4-3, Ks, 1B, and F-9). He struck out Aubrey Huff, and he didn’t mess around with any of the hitters (14 pitches – 10 strikes). By virtue of Parisi working just one inning (he threw two innings his first time out last Thursday), it would appear that he is not being considered for a spot in the Cubs starting rotation (although he had been mostly a starter throughout his career). But he has done nothing to hurt his chances of making the Cubs Opening Day 25-man roster so far (two outings).

    Cubs 2008 #1 draft pick RHP Andrew Cashner pitched the 6th inning for the Cubs, and (once again) struggled with his command. Though he threw only ten pitches, only four were strikes. But that was good enough to get a fly out to left and a 5-4-3 ining-ending GIDP to erase the baserunner who reached on a lead-off walk. Cashner must show better control if he is to be considered for an Opening Day bullpen job with the Cubs.

    RHP Thomas Diamond made his 2010 Cactus League debut (he got rained out of his first scheduled appearance last Sunday), and looked very good. He threw a ten-pitch 1-2-3 7th inning (F-4, Ks, P-5). Based on what I saw of Diamond at the end of the AZ Instructional League last October, and then after he threw “lights out” in three starts for Mexicali (Mexican Pacific League) after that, I would say Diamond has a definite chance to win a bullpen job with the Cubs out of Spring Training. He was dominating today.

    LHP John Gaub pitched the 8th and struggled with his command (23 pitches – 12 strikes). He did walk one LH hitter (Nate Schierholtz), but he also struck out another lefty swinger (Brandon Crawford) to end the inning.

    RHP Justin Berg worked a five-pitch 9th (4-3, F-8, 5-3), throwing just one ball. He just gets the ball and throws a hard sinker, doesn’t really fool anybody, and then waits for his fielders to make routine plays. He’s got to be Uncle Lou’s kinda pitcher.

    • Ace

      Thanks, Auzzy – and thanks to The Cubs Reporter’s Arizona Phil. I might recommend posting a link next time, Auz. Thanks though.