The Chicago Cubs were issued their first loss of Spring Training on Monday when they fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dontrelle Willis exited without getting a single out due to some shoulder tightness, and presumably because the team wants to be very careful with Willis to see if he still has the stuff to compete in the MLB.
Three Chicago Cubs players hit the ball over the fence in the game, as Nate Schierholtz, Welington Castillo, and Darnell McDonald each hit their first home runs of the preseason, with McDonald’s drive being of the three run variety. Welington Castillo, the presumed starting catcher for the 2013 season, has had a hit, scored a run, and driven in a run in both of his appearances so far in Spring Training.
Pitching as a whole suffered in the game, as five of eight pitchers to make an appearance for the Chicago Cubs gave up a run, and Jensen Lewis, although going an inning without allowing a run, got into some trouble as he allowed two hits and a walk in his relief appearance. The standout was pitching prospect Barret Loux allowed two hits and one walk over two innings but didn’t allow a run to score.
Going into the preseason, Chicago Cubs fans were fearful that pitching would be a weakness, and nothing has happened so far to alleviate these concerns. It is still early, and things may very well improve in upcoming contests, but at the very least the power numbers are encouraging, despite falling 7-6 in this game. The Chicago Cubs play next on Tuesday, when they will face off against the Colorado Rockies at 2:05 PM CST.