The return of Starlin Castro wasn’t enough to bring the Cubs’ bats out of their general funk, as they were shutout by the mighty Rockies pitching staff. Far more importantly, Castro came out of his return to the lineup unscathed, and was tested often in the field.
- Castro was just fine at the plate, too – he had a single and a walk in his two plate appearances.
- Luis Valbuena finally had a hitless game, but he did walk once. Darwin Barney had a couple hits as well. All in all, the Cubs had some chances, as they had six hits and three walks.
- Jorge Soler didn’t get in on the action, though, as the prospect went 0-4 with a strikeout.
- Brent Lillibridge, who’s been out with a groin strain, returned to action late in the game, getting just one at bat.
- Edwin Jackson had a nice tuneup for the regular season, going five innings, striking out two, walking one, and giving up three hits (1 ER).
- Kyuji Fujikawa was erratic for the first time, loading the bases with a couple walks and a hit, and giving up an earned run. He struck out two, though.
- Non-roster invitee relievers Cory Wade and Jensen Lewis each had uneventful scoreless innings. Also an uneventful scoreless inning? Carlos Marmol.
- (Probably meaningless factoid: Jim Hendry, now a scout with the Yankees, was at the game.)