Today the Chicago Cubs took down the San Francisco Giants, 5-4, upping their record to 6-4 on the Spring, which puts them on pace to make the Spring Training playoffs, at least as the second Wild Card.
Among the notable bits…
- So, let’s get it out of our systems: Bryan LaHair went 0-3 with three strikeouts, and Anthony Rizzo hit an absolute bomb two-run home run. OMG CUT LAHAIR START RIZZO!!!!!!!1!!lol!!!!1l1ll!! No. Stop. Breathe. The Cubs have very publicly committed (a) to starting Bryan LaHair and giving him a long look, and (b) letting Rizzo get some work at AAA. If this front office changes their minds based on a handful of Spring Training at bats, they wouldn’t be the guys we were all so excited to get back in October.
- On to brighter things: Chris Volstad was once again solid. He threw three scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, and striking out one. During the broadcast, Len Kasper interview Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, who remarked, off-hand, that Volstad looked like he was pitching his way into a rotation spot. I doubt the Cubs have made up their mind at this point, I doubt that Ricketts knows what is going to happen, and I very much doubt Ricketts would say anything if he did know. I think he was just talking.
- Scott Maine got the ball next (suggesting he’s high up in the considerations for the “other” lefty job), and pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.
- Jay Jackson pitched three(!) innings today, giving up one earned run on three hits. He struck out one. As I’ve said before, Jackson is largely pitching for a job in the Iowa rotation at this point, but it’s interesting that he was given three innings today.
- Andy Sonnanstine had a rough day, throwing an inning in which he gave up three earned on five hits.
- Alberto Cabrera threw a scoreless 9th, but made it interesting by allowing a couple baserunners (hit and a walk).
- Edgar Gonzalez played some shortstop today while Adrian Cardenas played some second base. In other words, there was a spot open and an opportunity for Cardenas to play short (after Starlin Castro exited), and Dale Sveum opted instead to put him at second base.
- Alfonso Soriano had a “hustle” double. That’s news. And probably kind of stupid.
- Steve Clevenger had a hit in three at bats (and was robbed of a second), and Welington Castillo also had a hit in his one at bat.
- Joe “Scott McClain” Mather had a double in his three at bats while playing third base.
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