Does that score haunt you? Indeed, it looks eerily familiar, given the Cubs’ performance over the past few years. Carlos Zambrano was once again solid in the runs column – just one in three innings – but he did give up five hits.
- Braden Looper also got three innings in, but gave up the other three runs on a homer. He’s running out of opportunities to prove himself.
- Young reliever Robert Coello had another nice outing – striking out two and walking one over a scoreless frame. He faces a numbers crunch, and, as a guy with an option left, is unlikely to make the bullpen out of Spring Training. But he might well be one of the first guys called up when a fresh arm is needed.
- Fernando Perez got the start in center and at leadoff, but failed to reach base. The Cubs on the whole had just five hits. Reed Johnson took over late and went 0-1.
- Brett Jackson had another 0-fer day, and his dreams of being the next Tyler Colvin, for this year, are all but scuttled.
- You know who else had an 0-fer? Koyie Hill, whose Spring average stands at .000.