Although the hitting was non-existent, you have to be thrilled with the Cubs pitching in Thursday’s 2-1 win over the Cleveland Indians on Ron Santo day.
Randy Wells started it all off with 4 scoreless innings. Wells struck out 2 and gave up just 1 hit and 1 walk during his outing. Wells has yet to give up a run this spring and it looks like the fact that Wells knew he had to compete for a starting spot in the rotation has brought out the best in the righty. His 0.00 ERA is tops among Cubs starters this spring.
Kerry Wood struck out the side in his 1 inning of work. He gave up just 1 hit and lowered his ERA to 4.50.
Andrew Cashner had his best outing of the spring and worked 4 solid innings. He did give up the Indians lone run on a solo home run, but he struck out 3 and walked only 1 and seemed to have a ton of confidence out there. I would love to see Cashner keep up a few more outings like this to knock Silva out of the 5th starting spot. The Cubs really need to find some other club to take Silva off their hands before the start of the season. Even if the Cubs have to eat half of his salary, it’s time to give a youngster a shot in the rotation.
The Cubs managed just 4 hits on the day, but they made them count. James Adduci singled to lead off the 9th inning and eventually scored the winning run on Brett Jackson’s 2-out walk-off single. In the 8th inning, Marquez Smith doubled and came around to score on a wild pitch and throwing error by the Indians catcher. Guess you gotta do what you gotta do to win…