Today the Cubs split in two games, beating the Padres 2-0, but losing to the Diamondbacks 3-2. Pitching was the order of the day, which is frequently the case when you’re facing Ian Kennedy and … Tim Stauffer.
The notable bits…
- Paul Maholm had an excellent five inning start today, giving up just four hits, two walks, and no runs. He struck out six. Keep it up, Paul.
- Carlos Marmol returned to action with a scoreless inning, typical of Marmol – you know, the kind where he gives up a hit and a walk, but strikes a guy out. Casey Coleman got two innings of relief thereafter (0 runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks – I’ll say it again: I really wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do as a short-inning reliever), and Rafael Dolis closed it out with another scoreless frame.
- Jay Jackson pitched admirably, if not well, against a D-Backs lineup stacked with regulars. He went four innings, giving up seven hits and a walk, and, thus, three earned runs.
- Scott Maine threw another scoreless inning (albeit with two walks), and his day was buoyed by the release of fellow lefty Trever Miller. If a second lefty is going to make the bullpen at this point, it’s going to be Maine.
- Speaking of the bullpen, Manny Corpas once again asked folks not to forget him by striking out the side in his inning of work.
- On the back-up catcher front, Steve Clevenger got a start and went 1 for 4 with a double, while Welington Castillo just got a pinch hit appearance (in which he struck out).
- Edgar Gonzalez and Alfredo Amezaga got, perhaps, a final chance to impress and each went 0-fer in a start.
- Dave Sappelt and Tony Campana each got a start in left field, and each got a hit (Campana added an outfield assist, and Sappelt added a caught stealing). I think both are ticketed for AAA at this point, with Joe Mather and Blake DeWitt locking down bench spots. We’ll probably see both at some point during the year, though.