Another loss, but another loss that doesn’t really sting. But for a grand slam given up by a pitcher who won’t make the Cubs (after walking three consecutive, I might add), it would have been a fine victory. Against the Royals. In Spring Training.
- Matt Garza went two scoreless in the midst of getting drilled by a Jeff Francoeur comebacker. Garza is ok, but Frenchy better watch his back.
- Tyler Colvin played first base (uneventful – which is good), and tore shit up at the plate: 3-3 with a homer, a double, and 3 RBI.
- Augie Ojeda and Darwin Barney each got an at bat, with Barney getting a single, and Ojeda getting bupkis.
- Jeff Samardzija once again threw at the end of the game (1.1 scoreless, struck out 2), which continues to bother me: he’s going to face no Major Leaguers at the end of Spring Training games, and he – perhaps more than any other prospective reliever – needs to show he can do it against big time competition. Have the Cubs already made the organizational decision that they don’t want to waive a guy they’ve paid so much money? And therefore they are making him look good, so that when he breaks camp with the big team, they can say “but he pitched so well in Spring Training”? Not sure. But either way, I’d like to see him in the earlier innings.