The Chicago Cubs headed down to Tucson to take on the Colorado Rockies, and it totally wasn’t worth it because the Cubs lost 5-2. And there wasn’t much settled in the way of battles, either:
- Rule Five pick Mike Parisi had his first really bad outing of the Spring, giving up three runs, two earned, in one and two thirds innings. Other bullpen competitors John Gaub and Justin Berg had relatively nondescript turns – Gaub went 1.1, giving up one run and striking out two, while Berg threw one scoreless, hitless, walkless, strikeoutless inning.
- Jeff Baker, who is seeing increasingly few innings at second base, played third and didn’t notch a hit. Lou Piniella was already leading toward using Mike Fontenot as his primary second baseman, and Baker has done nothing to change Piniella’s mind.
- Micah Hoffpauir went hitless splitting time between right field and first base, and his chances of making the team are approximately nil at this point.
- Tyler Colvin, on the other hand, just continues to rake, with two more hits, this time playing left field. The question is now becoming whether having Colvin on the Cubs bench could hinder any future development – a question that would have been unthinkable just a few months ago.