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.