The Cubs’ bullpen lost this one to the Padres 6-1 at Sloan Park, and James Shields dominating the Cubs’ lineup for the first half of the game was a reminder of how close the Cubs came to having him on their side.
- The portion of the bullpen that gave up most of the damage, though, consisted of Francisley Bueno (minor league deal, non-roster invitee, not likely to make the Cubs) and Gonzalez Germen (interesting minor league flyer who is not on the 40-man roster either). You have to shrug a little bit.
- Felix Doubront also gave up a run on a couple hits in his inning of work, as he’s very clearly being considered for the bullpen at this point. The numbers likely aren’t going to shake out in his favor unless a couple guys are moved out (say, Edwin Jackson in a trade, and another reliever with an injury), so we’ll see what the Cubs decide to do with the lefty. It’s been an ugly Spring overall for Doubront.
- The Cubs’ starter, though, was fantastic. Jason Hammel went five scoreless and struck out nine(!), while allowing just three hits and no walks. It was a dominant outing with Miguel Montero behind the plate, and I only half joke that they must now always work together no matter what. (To be fair, it was a particularly generous strike zone today.)
- Arismendy Alcantara went deep again in this one, sending one the other way for the Cubs’ only run. He also looked good at second base, as he has pretty much every time I’ve seen him there.
- Javy Baez had a nice game, going 1-3 with a walk and no strikeouts.