Today the Cubs got slapped around by the Brewers so badly that I’m thankful I get to fall back on the old “Spring Training games don’t count so who cares about the score” thing.
Spring Training games don’t count, so who cares about the score?
Among the notable bits…
- The aforementioned slapping didn’t occur until the fourth inning, and that’s because Randy Wells had the ball the first three innings. Wells gave up just two hits, and nothing else. He was a ground ball machine, as he often is in Spring Training. The Brewers weren’t exactly throwing an All-Star lineup out there, for what that’s worth.
- The fourth inning slapping? Actually, it was just 1/3 of an inning of slapping, because that’s all it took for Travis Wood to give up six runs (five earned) on three hits, two walks, and HBP. Spring performances, while not the be-all-end-all of the roster-shaping process, do matter. And this one is going to hurt Travis Wood’s hopes of making the rotation out of Spring. Badly. Particularly in light of how well everyone else is pitching.
- Another pitcher’s chances of making the roster probably took a small hit today when Casey Coleman gave up four earned on five hits and two walks in just 1.2 innings. I’m not sure what he was working on – i.e., whether he was trying his new bullpen amp-it-up approach – but, whatever it was, it didn’t work.
- Manny Corpas had his first good outing, cleaning up Wood’s mess by striking a guy out and getting a grounder. But it was just 2/3 of an inning.
- Trever Miller continues to be quietly solid. He pitched 1.1, and gave up nothing.
- On the offensive side, no one did anything exceptional or particularly worthy of mention. Reed Johnson struggled in left field. Tony Campana remains hitless on the Spring – a Spring in which he typically gets one late at bat per game.