Another loss for the Chicago Cubs, though it was of a mere one-run variety to a powerhouse, 10-3 Giants team, if you require that kind of assuaging in the Spring. The Cubs fall to 6-8.

Matt Garza was solid for four innings, by the way, in case you were worried that he was never going to get another out. Among the notable bits…

  • Rafael Dolis threw a scoreless frame, giving up just one hit. Dolis, who’s hoping to land a spot in the Cubs’ pen, has yet to allow an earned run on the Spring.
  • Everything I just wrote about Dolis? Ditto for Trever Miller.
  • Lendy Castillo, another bullpen hopeful, struck out the side in his inning of work, but he threw a ball away, which led to a run scoring.
  • Lefty Chris Rusin, who has always been a starting pitcher, got two innings of work, striking out two, walking one, and giving up no runs. Given his style (soft-tossing, high control), I doubt he’s up for a “lefty” role in the bullpen. I suppose it’s possible he’s being considered for a long reliever/swing man role, but there are going to be plenty of more established pitchers available to fill that role. I expect Rusin to be in Iowa’s rotation when the season begins.
  • Steve Clevenger had another hit today, but also threw a ball away on a pick-off attempt.
  • Adrian Cardenas threw up another 0-fer, and his Spring average is down to .150. Spring numbers, alone, probably won’t make the decision on the Cubs’ reserve infielder(s), but this guy’s strength is supposed to be his bat.
  • Joe Mather, who keeps shuffling around the field (today, he played third), had a hit in four at bats.
  • MichiganGoat

    And Campana?

    • Brady

      Him and I share a major league batting average on the season.

  • Brady

    An interesting side note of something I noticed, Garza didn’t throw a single ball till the 4th inning. Sure contact count as strikes but you cant get outs with balls so I gotta say I was impressed.

    Edit: Oh and Rizzo hit another home run. Always nice to see that.

    • Sircub

      I’m pretty sure that is just a glitch with game day. Either that or every strikeout this spring has been on the pitches and every walk has been on four.

  • Jonski

    Yeah Garza looks ready ..he has all ready made it clear that he doesn’t like the dry air for his off speed pitches. Slider looked like it was working today though lol!

  • CubFan Paul

    I wonder if Jaramillo is tinkering with Cardenas’ swing like he did to DeWitt last spring (causing him to lose the 2B job to Barney)

  • gratefulled

    Lots o’ love from Amsterdam. Let’s get this season started!!!

    Dolis seems to be ready. Is he a possible closer in case shit hits the fan?

    • Luke

      Absolutely.  I don’t think he’d be the first choice this season, Dolis probably is the most likely candidate to take over for Marmol as closer one of these days.

  • MightyBear

    I am really pulling for LaHair to do well and I hope he does but I won’t lie, I can’t wait to see Rizzo playing first base for the Cubs!