The Cubs got blasted by the Indians for the second time in a week, and the Cubs haven’t won a Cactus League game in a week, either.
- Brooks Raley and Alberto Cabrera continued their rough Springs as they try to establish themselves as back-up starting options. Raley gave up three earned runs on four hits and a walk in just 1.1 innings of work. Cabrera gave up five earned on three hits and three walks in his 1.1 innings.
- At least Chris Rusin had a nice start. He threw three scoreless innings, and gave up just three hits. He struck out one. He’s battling for a long-man/lefty spot in the bullpen right now, and his prime competition in that role – if anyone’s going to get that job – is Hisanori Takahashi. Rusin’s probably got a slight leg up, but only inasmuch as he’s already on the 40-man roster.
- James Russell and Shawn Camp pitched the seventh and eighth innings, setting up … Kyuji Fujikawa in the ninth. Carlos Marmol pitched the other day, so I wouldn’t read too much into it. But, I mean, obviously, if and when Marmol is dealt, it’s no secret that Fujikawa will get the first crack at closing (he struck out two in his scoreless inning today).
- Javier Baez hit his second homer this Spring, and added another hit today. He’s pretty much killing it this Spring (though he did add his second error), but that won’t stop the Cubs from cutting him at some point next week. It’s no knock against him, it’s just that we’re getting close to the time when the prospects need to head to minor league camp, and the guys actually fighting for a roster spot/preparing for the season need to get more regular work.
- Also killing it this Spring: Luis Valbuena, Johermyn Chavez, and Brian Bogusevic, all of whom had a hit today.