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.