The Cubs ended their Cactus League slate – and their stay at HoHoKam Park – with a whimper, losing to the Mariners. At least it was mostly with young players and prospects.
- Carlos Villanueva had a mixed outing in his final tuneup for the season. On the one hand, he gave up just one earned run over five innings (a Michael Morse homer – the Mariners won’t do much right this year, but with the fences coming in, they’re going to hit a lot of homers), but he really labored. Ultimately, he gave up three total runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out three.
- Hisanori Takahashi got an extended look as the Cubs continue to consider him for a long-man role (he’s best suited as a LOOGY, but if he can do both, that would be swell), and it didn’t go all that well. He gave up three earned on five hits in three innings. At least there were no walks.
- Shawn Camp wrapped up his ridiculous Spring with another two strikeouts on the day, and a 1.08 ERA for the Spring.
- Alfonso Soriano hit his 5th homer of the Spring, and would be the best player in baseball if he could just always play Spring Training games in Arizona in March.
- A bunch of youngsters got into the game, including Arismendy Alcantara, Zeke DeVoss, Tim Saunders, Jae-Hoon Ha, Ty Wright, Gioskar Amaya, and Brett Jackson (if he counts). Jackson is coming back from a shoulder injury.
- The Cubs finish the Cactus League slate a couple games under .500. Shrug. Now it’s off to Houston for a couple “exhibition” games.