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Carlos Zambrano Sharp Again; But Cubs Bats Quiet in 4-0 Loss to Colorado Rockies – Wrigley Field West Mesa Arizona 3/8/11

Posted on 08 March 2011 by Lou

Carlos Zambrano continues to impress with a solid spring thus far.  Zambrano pitched 3 innings against the Colorado Rockies, giving up just 1 ER on 5 hits and no walks.  He struck out 1, but you have to love the fact that his control has been outstanding this spring.  In 3 starts, Zambrano has put together an exciting 1.13 ERA.

Sean Marshall tossed a scoreless inning in relief and lowered his spring ERA to 2.70.

In a bid to make the opening day roster, Braden Looper was roughed up for 3 runs on a 3-run home run in the 7th inning.  Looper now has a 7.20 spring ERA.

The Cubs bats were extremely quiet in the loss.  The Cubs managed just 5 hits and no runs against 5 Rockies pitchers.  Blake DeWitt, Starlin Castro and Geovany Soto each had hits.

 

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Silva, Russell Bad in Cubs 14-13 Win Over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – Wrigley Field West 3/7/11

Posted on 07 March 2011 by Lou

WOW – you can’t get much worse than Carlos Silva’s 2nd outing of the spring.  EIGHT (8) earned runs on 10 hits and he couldn’t even get out of the 3rd inning.  After blowing up in the 1st inning last week when the Cubs committed 3 runs in that 1st inning which put Silva in a 6-0 hole, Silva didn’t respond well today.  Silva’s ERA now stands at 29.70 – ouch.

James Russell added to the Cubs woes by giving up 3 ER (4 runs total) on 6 hits in his 3 innings of work.  He did have 2 K’s but his spring ERA ballooned to 10.80.

After falling behind 12-2 after 5 1/2 innings, Cubs prospects rallied the team to a big come-from-behind win.  The Cubs scored 7 runs in the 6th inning, 4 runs in the 8th inning and then won it in the 9th inning on a Bryan LaHair single.  It was his 2nd walk-off hit in as many days.

The Cubs are now 4-6 on the spring.

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Cubs Get 1st Win – Cubs 3, Giants 2 – Wrigley Field West Mesa Arizona 3/2/11

Posted on 02 March 2011 by Lou

The Cubs finally got their 1st spring win, defeating the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Tuesday.  There were some positives and some negatives as there often are this early in the spring.

Ryan Dempster looked sharp in his 1st spring start.  Dempster notched 3 K’s in 3 innings of work.  He gave up 1 ER on 2 hits and a walk.

Todd Wellemeyer worked 2 scoreless innings and picked up the win in relief.  He gave up 1 hit and notched 2 strikeouts.

Casey Coleman, Jeff Stevens and Esmailin Cardidad tossed scoreless innings to preserve the win.

The Cubs bats were silent against Tim Lincecum – the Giants ace threw 3 perfect innings wityh 2 K’s in his 1st spring start.

However, the top of the Cubs lineup propelled the club to victory in the top of the 6th inning.  Kosuke Fukudome and Starlin Castro started the inning off with singles to set the table for the middle of the lineup.  Marlon Byrd tied the game at 1 with an RBI single and then Aramis Ramirez had the game-winning hit with a 2-run double to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead.

One more negative – the Cubs committed 3 more errors and now have 9 errors in just 3 games – what the hell is going on with this club?

The pitching by the regulars has been mostly good so far (except for Matt Garza and Kerry Wood), so that is a good sign.  But the bats are just not there yet and the fielding has been downright atrocious.  This has gotta be very frustrating for Manager Mike Quade…

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Wells, Marshall Sharp; Wood, Cashner Not So Much – Cubs 3, Brewers 5 Wrigley Field West, Mesa Arizona 3/1/11

Posted on 01 March 2011 by Lou

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…

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