Marlon Byrd and Alfonso Soriano were the offensive stars today as the Cubs downed the Padres – though the Cubs weren’t exactly facing a murderer’s row of pitchers. Or hitters.

  • Randy Wells held serve in his effort to nail down the rotation spot he’s already earned. He gave up an unearned run on three hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three.
  • Andrew Cashner didn’t fare quite as well, allowing five baserunners in just two innings (one K), and one earned run. It could have been a lot worse, as Cashner loaded the bases in the first, giving up only the one run.
  • Sticking with the pitching, Jay Jackson got two innings of work this time out, but unfortunately gave up two earned on four baserunners. Barring a rash of injuries or a miracle, he’s ticketed to return to AAA Iowa.
  • Other bullpen options Scott Maine and Robert Coello each threw a scoreless frame against journeymen and prospects.
  • Bobby Scales stroked a three-run homer, but so far, there’s been no indication that he’s going to have a real shot to break camp in a utility role with the big club.
  • Reed Johnson had a walk in two plate appearances, and Augie Ojeda had two walks in two plate appearances.
  • Jeff

    I hope the pattern so far isn’t indicative of what the season holds for Tyler Colvin’s playing time. It looks like he’s going to be the fourth outfielder and only get to play every two or three games. Of course, it also looks like we are going to get a lot of Koyie Hill too. I hope this isn’t the case, but it follows what Quade did at the end of the year. I know it’s spring training, but when a guy goes 3 for 3, it would seem like the smart move to keep getting him at bats, not bench him every other game.

    Wells looked very good again, he needs to be declared number 4 already. Cashner has been wild in both appearances, and SIlva blew goats. So the fifth spot should still be pretty much wide open still.

  • Serio

    Andrew Cashner is starting to worry me

    • Bric

      Me too. I think they should leave him in the bull pen, much in the same way they’ve done with Sean Marshall. Let him focus on using his two best pitches to only have to face batters once and get three outs a game. He looks overwhelmed as a starter.

      • Jeff

        He’s only pitched 4 innings so far, granted they’ve been not so good, but it’s just the beginning. The problem is that he isn’t even locating his fastball well. He says his stuff is good, so hopefully he get’s the control problem under control.

        • Ace

          Also, he may not be throwing his full repertoire of pitches yet. In other words, Quade might not yet be “evaluating” Cashner for purposes of the rotation (or the other pitchers).

          • Jeff

            I’ve read a couple of places that he and Garza are only throwing their fastballs in their first couple of appearances, so there is credence to what you say.