Some ups and downs for the Cubs pitching in the Cubs 5-3 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday afternoon in Mesa.
Randy Wells looked very sharp in his spring training debut. Wells worked 2 scoreless innings giving up just 2 hits and striking out 1.
Andrew Cashner, on the other hand, struggled in his 1st appearance. Cashner is competing for a slot in the starting rotation but didn’t do too much to help his cause. Cashner made it through 2 innings, but he gave up 2 ER on 3 hits and 1 walk. He did not strike anybody out.
Sean Marshall picked up right where he left off in 2010. Marshall worked a perfect 9th inning striking out 1 in the process.
Kerry Wood returned to the Cubs pitching mound but had an inauspicious inning of work. Wood gave up 2 ER on 3 hits, but he did have 2 K’s.
Not bad, but not great. The Cubs also committed 3 errors for the 2nd straight cactus league start. This can’t sit well with Mike Quade, but I’m sure he’ll take it in stride this early in spring training. If the Cubs keep making errors like this, however, look for Quade to make some noise next week…