Pitching was optional today, as the Cubs took a big lead, lost a big lead, built another lead, lost it, fell behind, came back, lost another lead, and ultimately lost the game. It’s what you expect when a B-squad lineup is facing the Padres. Er, um, right?
- Chris Volstad came down with a bit of Samardzijitis (temporary comfort), after having been named the team’s fourth starter. He went just 4.2 innings, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and a walk. Typical Spring caveats apply. It doesn’t really concern me much.
- Kerry Wood finally got back into action today … and threw five pitches. He faced one batter, struck him out, and his day was done. Okey dokey.
- Shawn Camp, who’s trying to make a fast positive impression after having been with the Cubs for just a few days, didn’t have a good day. He went 1.1 innings and was tagged for three earned on four hits and a walk.
- Darwin Barney had another big day – 4 for 4. He’s as hot as it gets right now.
- Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson, perhaps sensing their primary bench roles being threatened by Blake DeWitt and Joe Mather, each had a homer and a good day overall (most of the bats did – the Cubs had 17 hits). Naturally, each of Mather and DeWitt had good days, too.
- Tony Campana and Alfredo Amezaga – who are both still in big league camp, although neither is expected to get a job at this point – each came into the game late, got two at bats, and went hitless. Campana stole a base, at least.