Randy Wells was nearly perfect again yesterday, though the Cubs fell to the Brewers 5-3. Save some for the season, son. On to the battles:

  • Mike Fontenot went 1-3 with an RBI in his quest to lock down the second base starting job. Jeff Baker played just a couple innings at third base and went o-1.
  • Lefty James Russell continues to dominate, throwing a scoreless inning in relief and striking out the side. If neither Sean Marshall nor Tom Gorzelanny make the rotation, with John Grabow already in the pen, the question will be whether the Cubs are willing to have four lefty relievers. The answer is probably not, so we’ll have to see how things shake out.
  • Other youngsters competing for a bullpen spot include AAA Iowa’s dominant closer Blake Parker and AA starter, and pitcher of the year, Casey Coleman. Both pitched yesterday, but neither impressed this time around.