cactusEh. Shrug. The Cubs got whooped today. It’ll happen from time to time in the regular season, too.

  • Travis Wood had his first really crummy – really crummy – outing of the Spring, giving up seven hits and four walks in just four innings. That’ll get you knocked around, and it did today, to the tune of four earned runs.
  • Cory Wade, one of three remaining competitors for the final bullpen spot, got an extended look today, and the results were less than impressive – 2 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 4 R, 2 K.
  • Shawn Camp is ready for the regular season if today’s outing is any indication: he struck out the side in his inning of work.
  • Brent Lillibridge, who can legitimately play all over, took on the toughest position for a non-catching utility man today, that being shortstop. He had two errors. He also went 0-4 with a strikeout. Everyone has rough days, even Spring Training superstars.
  • Each of Steve Clevenger and Alberto Gonzalez had a hit today, but it sounds like Dale Sveum is leaning toward keeping Clevenger as his 25th man, primarily because of the lefty thing.
  • Dioner Navarro hit his fourth homer on the Spring. Save some for the regular season, big dude.
  • There was a cool moment at the start the game, with Shawon Dunston, Jr. and his dad – now a coach with the Giants – exchanging lineup cards. The junior Dunston got a lot of playing time, too, and actually had a nice at bat in the 9th against Sergio Romo, resulting in a single. It’s very easy to forget about him as a prospect given his rough debut and the seeming glut of outfield talent in the Cubs’ system, but they didn’t give him $1 million for nothing.
  • Luke

    And they gave him that $1million to lure him away from Vanderbilt. Vandy knows a thing or two about baseball players.

    Dunston has a long ways to go yet, but there is plenty of potential there.

  • TheDynastyStartsIn2016

    “Eh. Shrug. The Cubs got whooped today. It’ll happen from time to time in the regular season, too.”

    That’s very optimistic. It’s gonna be a lot more than ‘time to time’.

    • Brett

      One day to the next is still “time to time.”

      • TheDynastyStartsIn2016

        Point. Taken.

  • Seth

    At least it wasn’t as bad as the Reds today. 16 – 0 butt whoopin’ from the lowly Seattle offense. The Mariners are up to 52 homers this spring.

  • Segal27

    The game seemed like it would never end, Shawon looked good as did Camp. I’ll be at the game Thursday too so I’m looking forward to that.

  • Die hard

    Chalk up one for the Tidrow Giants… And why isn’t Dunston a Cub?…same as with Sandberg… Insecurity …. The tent is big enuf for ex Cubs like these 3

    • TWC

      Yeah, and why haven’t the Cubs reached out to Neifi Perez?! Those COWARDS!

      Seriously, for a grumpy old prude, you oughta grow up a bit.

      • Die hard

        You would think that Ricketts who bleeds Cubby blue would know better — it’s one thing to bring in outsiders to run the shop— but there’s something to be said for continuity wit fan favorites

        • TWC

          Dude, seriously, only *you* would consider Dick Tidrow a “fan favorite”.

          Well, prior to September/October of 2010, I mean.

          • Ron

            I was going to say, we are talking Dick freaking Tidrow here!

            • Die hard

              You don’t get it– it’s what him or someone with his credentials symbolizes ………a former Cub who has the smarts needed to turn this team around…. why did Ricketts steer clear of these former well known Cub players is something I and others can’t grasp

              • fromthemitten

                it’s a conspiracy

                I would say more but they’re watching

              • Tots

                So guys like Dave McKay and the rest can do the job right. We don’t need dunston and Sandburg who aren’t half a coach McKay is. Do u wanna win ball games or have fan favorites coaching

    • cubzfan

      Or maybe it’s that Dunston ended his career in SF and is a fan favorite there, too. And has a wife and several (4?) kids, who probably were in the local school system out there and didn’t really want to move. So when he was offered a chance to start coaching at Spring Training and stuff with the Giants, he did so. And eventually worked his way up.

      The players have a choice of where to work, too.

  • cjdubbya

    Rusin looked like the better option yesterday, but maybe Wood was just working on stuff. Huge crowd today for sure. Wife decided she liked Goodyear a bit better, because of the better access to shade. Both parks seem quite similar to me and that’s ok. Just very very glad to be getting some sun and baseball in. And autographs too!

    Yesterday was Michael Brenly. Today? Darwin Barney, Hector Rondon (who is very happy to be with the Cubs as opposed to Columbus, judging by his emphatic yes and monster smile when I asked), Steve Clevenger and Fergie Jenkins. Get to see Hohokam at night tomorrow, then practice Wednesday morning before Surprise against the Royals.

    Cubs 1-1 on my trip. Go Cubs. Hooray baseball when it’s 35 with half a foot of snow on the ground!

    • cubfanincardinalland

      Just took the dog out for a walk with snow up to my knees in the backyard. Glad you are enjoying the sun and supporting the Cubs.

  • Freshness21

    It’s a real shame that the organization broke strong ties with the generation of Cubs that I grew up with. Dawson works with the Marlins, last I heard. Grace with the D-Backs. Dunston with the Giants. We lost Ryno back to the Phillies. We got Maddux back for a little while, but I don’t think he’s associated with the Cubs anymore since The Theo Gang showed up.

    • Cheryl

      It makes it difficult to identify with the current cubs but changes particularly with the minor leagur system had to come. The flipping of players at the trade deadline will probably be standard with the cubs for a few years at least.

    • Die hard

      Amen — few of us left who haven’t had the koolaid yet

      • Geech

        What Koolaid are you referring to? I’m pretty sure that every single one of those guys split with the organization before Theo came over. Most of them have been out for years.

        • Timothy Scarbrough

          It’s an unique kind of koolaid.

  • cubchymyst

    Missed the game but I this is what we saw of Wood during the season last year. Some games he was on other he got knocked around. Wood seems to be a Dr. Jecklly and Mr. Hyde type. Hopefully we get more Dr. Jekyll and less Mr. Hyde during the season

  • GDB

    Was cool to see Dunston getting appluaded by his Dad after the nice at-bat in the 9th. Big grins all round.

  • Die hard

    Orioles Betemit out—- time to package Soriano Coleman and one of our excess infielders

    • TheDynastyStartsIn2016

      For Roberts?

  • jack jones

    saw dunston’ jr two abats, he looked pretty comfortable up there and took some nice hacks. I expect a breakout performance by him. He might be a sleeper now, but not for long