The Cubs’ bats woke up for the second straight day after manager Dale Sveum started talking about how quiet they’d been all Spring. Back-to-back wins, hooray!
- Jeff Samardzija wasn’t especially sharp today, giving up four hits, two walks, and four earned runs over his 4.2 innings. That included a couple homers. He did, however, hit a homer of his own – so, if it were the regular season, you might give him a pass. Since it’s the Spring, you definitely give him a pass.
- Welington Castillo also went deep for the Cubs, his second this Spring. And Cubs batters, in general, unleashed a doubles barrage, with each of David DeJesus, Nate Schierholtz, Steve Clevenger, Darwin Barney, and Brian Bogusevic joining the party.
- Once again, Cubs batters took just one walk all game, and once again, that one walk came from Brett Jackson.
- Javier Baez went 0-4, and Jorge Soler went 1-3. Each is hitting over .300 on the Spring.
- Steve Clevenger had a three-hit day, but I still think he’s on the outside looking in for the bench. He’d have to beat out at least one of Luis Valbuena, Brent Lillibridge, and Dave Sappelt (or Brian Bogusevic or Darnell McDonald) to win a job. I don’t see it.
- Hector Rondon (0.2 IP, 1 K, 1 H), Casey Coleman (0.2 IP), and Blake Parker (1.0 IP, 1 K) kept up their scoreless streaks – none has given up an earned run yet this Spring. Zach Putnam’s streak went by the wayside, though, as he gave up one earned run on two hits in his inning of work.
- Rafael Dolis, who appears ticketed for Iowa to start the year, also threw a scoreless frame.