Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 4, Padres and Diamondbacks 3 - March 26, 2012

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 4, Padres and Diamondbacks 3 – March 26, 2012

Chicago Cubs

Today the Cubs split in two games, beating the Padres 2-0, but losing to the Diamondbacks 3-2. Pitching was the order of the day, which is frequently the case when you’re facing Ian Kennedy and … Tim Stauffer.

The notable bits…

  • Paul Maholm had an excellent five inning start today, giving up just four hits, two walks, and no runs. He struck out six. Keep it up, Paul.
  • Carlos Marmol returned to action with a scoreless inning, typical of Marmol – you know, the kind where he gives up a hit and a walk, but strikes a guy out. Casey Coleman got two innings of relief thereafter (0 runs, 1 hit, 2 Ks – I’ll say it again: I really wouldn’t mind seeing what he could do as a short-inning reliever), and Rafael Dolis closed it out with another scoreless frame.
  • Jay Jackson pitched admirably, if not well, against a D-Backs lineup stacked with regulars. He went four innings, giving up seven hits and a walk, and, thus, three earned runs.
  • Scott Maine threw another scoreless inning (albeit with two walks), and his day was buoyed by the release of fellow lefty Trever Miller. If a second lefty is going to make the bullpen at this point, it’s going to be Maine.
  • Speaking of the bullpen, Manny Corpas once again asked folks not to forget him by striking out the side in his inning of work.
  • On the back-up catcher front, Steve Clevenger got a start and went 1 for 4 with a double, while Welington Castillo just got a pinch hit appearance (in which he struck out).
  • Edgar Gonzalez and Alfredo Amezaga got, perhaps, a final chance to impress and each went 0-fer in a start.
  • Dave Sappelt and Tony Campana each got a start in left field, and each got a hit (Campana added an outfield assist, and Sappelt added a caught stealing). I think both are ticketed for AAA at this point, with Joe Mather and Blake DeWitt locking down bench spots. We’ll probably see both at some point during the year, though.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.