The Cubs stumbled to their first loss of the spring in a split squad affair that saw something of a B-team heading to Camelback Ranch to face the Dodgers. Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber were in the lineup, but it was a hodgepodge of backups and prospects after that. Not many real uniform numbers in this one, we’ll put it that way.
The Dodgers jumped all over starter Christian Bergman, then stayed relentless in scoring at least one run in seven different innings. Manuel Rondon was the only Cubs pitcher who didn’t allow multiple hits or a run, though he recorded only one out. It was a fun day for Dodgers fans.
The Cubs recorded only four hits, but they did walk seven times against only seven strikeouts, so we’ll tip our cap to that small victory. Really not much more to say about this one outside of the result ruining a perfect spring. Please try your best to move on from the loss. (Box Score)
Why The Cubs Lost
The Dodgers scored 5.5 times as many runs.
Trent Giambrone hit a deep homer to left to give the Cubs one of their runs, so that was cool. After being the subject of an aborted trade rumor near last year’s deadline, it’s good to see him still in the system and thumping dingers.
Stats That Matter
- Ian Clarkin, who shuffled between both Chicago organizations more than once this winter, allowed three earned runs on two walks and two hits (one HR) over two innings
- Three Cubs pitchers (Clarkin, Bergman, Rob Zastryzny) now have ERAs of 13.50
- Rob Scahill, no relation to Trevor Cahill, pitched 1.1 innings of quasi-effective relief
- All four Cubs hits came from starters, though the split nature of this one meant those guys got more ABs than you might normally see this early.
It was a spring game that was played for the sake of getting in a little live baseball. Can’t take much from the result.
The Cubs are back at Sloan Park Tuesday as Yu Darvish makes his spring debut against the Diamondbacks. First pitch is set for 1:05pm local time and can be heard on MLB.com.