The Chicago Cubs didn’t do a whole lot of anything today in what was, assuredly, the most boring game of the Spring thus far. The team lost 5-0 to the Dodgers, which evens up their record at 4-4. Things started off badly as Matt Garza couldn’t find the zone (barely half of his 39 pitches were strikes), and gave up four runs before being pulled in the second inning. Standard Spring caveats apply (no idea what he was working on; Garza’s Spring numbers last year were terrible; etc.).
As for the other notable bits (again: heavy focus on guys fighting for roster spots and/or specific jobs):
- Welington Castillo had one of the Cubs’ five hits, but looked … off behind the plate. I’m not saying he looked bad or that he called a bad game. He just didn’t look entirely comfortable back there. I’m probably just not used to his style.
- Jeff Baker made a couple slick plays at second base, but was 0-2 with a walk at the plate.
- Adrian Cardenas saw some action late, but went 0-1. Blake DeWitt, for his part, had another hit and a walk while playing third base.
- Andy Sonnanstine, who’s almost certainly pitching for a bullpen spot only at this point, threw a scoreless inning, striking out one and giving up one hit.
- Jeff Beliveau rebounded, to say the least. His performance today was a dominant as his previous two outings were abominable – he threw two perfect innings (save for an error by Bobby Scales), striking out five(!). Somebody must’ve said something powerful to Beliveau, and let’s hope they wrote it down.
- Veteran lefty Trever Miller quietly threw yet another scoreless inning.
- 2011 21st round draft pick Andrew McKirahan got an inning of work at the end of the game. There were indications last year that the former Texas Longhorn had a relatively advanced, polished approach (but a ceiling that wasn’t terribly high), suggesting that he could move quickly through the system as a LOOGY. This could be another hint at that.