The Chicago Cubs had another split squad day, and this time they won both games. They’re well on their way to winning the Cactus League Championship. Woo hoo.
- For the second straight day, Mike Fontenot played second base and Jeff Baker played third base. Telling? Not necessarily, but interesting nevertheless. Fontenot went 0-2 while Baker had a double in two at bats, driving in two.
- Just as I said that Bryan LaHair was doing nothing to make the team, he has a homer and a double, driving in three against the Reds.
- Chad Tracy split time between first and third against the Reds, and had a single.
- Sean Marshall had another good outing in his quest to make the rotation. He threw three innings against the Reds, giving up two hits, one of which was a solo home run, and struck out two.
- A long list of would-be relievers threw a scoreless inning against the Reds and Sox: John Gaub, Justin Berg (well, one un-earned run), Jeff Stevens and Esmailin Caridad. Lou Piniella has said that Caridad is pretty much set with a spot in the pen, but I’d like to voice a concern – he keeps pitching at the end of Spring Training games. It seems like he’s literally always pitching the 9th inning, and in Spring Training, that means you’re almost always facing scrubs. Just a concern.
- Speaking of relievers, Rule Five pick Mike Parisi is clearly being given a shot as a reliever, not a starter. And he’s making the most of it. He threw two scoreless innings against the Reds without giving up a base-runner. His Spring ERA now stands at 1.80.