Carlos Zambrano cruised through 2 scoreless innings in his spring training debut on Friday. The Cubs rallied to defeat the D’Backs with a 2-run 9th inning that gave the Cubs an 8-7 win to the delight of the “Wrigley Field West” faithful in Mesa.
Zambrano worked 2 innings and did not allow a hit or a walk. He had 1 strikeout.
Jeff Stevens and John Gaub – both contenders for a spot in the Cubs bullpen – did not look good in their spring debuts. Stevens gave up 4 ER on 3 hits and 1 walk in 1 2/3 innings pitched. He did have 3 K’s. Gaub gave up an earned run on 2 hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched. Not what we want to see from our relievers, especially with Angel Guzman and Jeff Gray sidelined with injuries early this spring.
On a positive note, the Cubs position player stars of the future excelled in the win. Tyler Colvin was 3 for 3 in Thursday’s opener and followed that fine effort up with 2 more doubles and 2 RBI’s in Friday’s win. Josh Vitters had 2 hits and scored 2 runs, while Starling Castro also had 2 hits with 1 run scored. These are the stars of the future for the Cubs, so look for them to see some extended action this spring and plenty of action at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field in the near future.