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Spring Training Bullets: Cubs 3, Brewers 5 – February 28, 2011

Chicago Cubs News

Things are certainly off to a glowing start, no? It’s just Spring Training, folks. No worries. And I can continue to say that for another two weeks or so.

  • Pitchers were the focus today, with Randy Wells – inexplicably fighting for a rotation spot – going two scoreless innings. He gave up a couple hits and struck one out. Pretty uneventful, which is what you’d want to see.
  • Andrew Cashner, also going for a rotation spot, had a bit of a tougher go, giving up two earned in two innings on three hits and a walk, made a throwing error, and allowed a stolen base. He didn’t strike anyone out, and, by most accounts, wasn’t particularly impressive.


  • Kerry Wood threw a couple of innings, and he, too, was unimpressive. At least he struck a couple of scrubs out.
  • Interestingly, Jay Jackson threw just one inning, which could simply be a matter of the Cubs allotting the remaining innings such that only one was left (though it was the fifth inning); or it could mean the Cubs are considering Jackson, if at all, as a reliever. Recall, Jackson was one of the most impressive starters in the Cubs’ system in 2009 before struggling a bit as a starter in 2010, and briefly being converted to a reliever at AAA. Most presume his future remains as a starter, but maybe the Cubs have other plans.
  • Neither Darwin Barney nor Augie Ojeda did anything of note in their continued quest to best each other for the backup shortstop gig.
  • Reed Johnson and Fernando Perez, however, are having the opposite kind of battle so far – each has had two hits in three at bats this Spring, and Perez has added a walk. The two are duking it out to be the Cubs’ fifth outfielder and my best friend.


  • Welington Castillo had a couple hits in an effort to demonstrate the Cubs’ stupidity for paying Koyie Hill almost $1 million to be the team’s backup catcher/designated .200 hitter this year.


Brett Taylor

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