What the heck is this? A pitcher’s duel? In Spring Training? Brett Jackson momentarily stepped outside of his struggling self to slap a two-out, game-winning single in the bottom of the 9th, vaulting the Cubs to a rare win.

  • You may have seen (and by “may” I mean “better”) the Cubs 4th and 5th starters dominating today, as Randy Wells went four scoreless, allowing just one hit and one walk, striking out two. After a one-inning stint by Kerry Wood, Andrew Cashner threw the final four innings, allowing one run on three hits and a walk (the run came on a Jayson Nix homer), and struck out three.
  • Reed Johnson and Fernando Perez once again split time in center, and once again, neither did anything of note. So I’ll note nothing.
  • Darwin Barney went 0-2 in his time at shortstop, dropping his Spring average under .300. He’s still got a leg up on Augie Ojeda in my mind, if not in Mike Quade’s.
  • Blake DeWitt also went 0-2, and he’s now hitting just .182 on the Spring. Couple that with his perceived defensive struggles, and his grip on the nominal starting job at second base is slipping.
  • Break out the freaking presses: Koyie Hill reached base today! Of course, he did it via walk and was subsequently thrown out trying to steal. He remains impressively hitless.


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