Hey, the Cubs are over .500! Sure, it’s the Cactus League, but it’s not likely we’ll get to see the Cubs over .500 too far into the regular season, so I’m enjoying some winning baseball right now.
- Well, he isn’t making the rotation – at least not without an extension of the injury issues slapping the rest of the big league rotation – but Chris Rusin had himself quite a Spring, keeping his ERA under 2.00. He went 5.1 innings against the Indians’ regular lineup today, allowing just two hits and three walks (the latter of which is actually quite high for him). He allowed no runs and struck out three. He still has the upside of a back-end starter in the big leagues, so we’ll see what happens to him this year. He’ll start at AAA Iowa for the time being.
- Michael Bowden followed up Rusin with 1.2 innings of effectiveness. He’s going to be the kinda-sorta long reliever to start the year, depending on the final arm who makes the team.
- Casey Coleman gave up a hit and a walk in 0.2 innings, and both runners scored after Zach Putnam relieved Coleman – perhaps he was a bit rattled after being demoted this week, and not being too happy about it.
- Alberto Gonzalez, still in the running for the final bench spot, went 1-2 today with a walk.
- Steve Clevenger, the other internal option for that spot, had a double in his one at bat while playing third base.
- Semi-forgotten prospect Reggie Golden got in some time in left field in this one. Good for him.
- It was kind of a ho-hum day for the offense all around, but it was enough to win.