Chicago Cubs infielder Anthony Rizzo against the Oakland Athletics during a spring training game at HoHoKam Park. Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE
Didn't we do this yesterday?
The Cubs lost their second game in a row to the Athletics, 8-7, when Yordy Cabrera hit a home run in the ninth inning off Tony Zych, who has exactly zero chance of making the major league Cubs. (Cabrera, who is just 21, won't make the Athletics, either.)
Now can we play a different team? I'm tired of these guys already. (Yes, I know the schedule has the Rockies coming in tomorrow.)
What have we learned about the Cubs' pitching staff from Game No. 2 of 2012? Not much, really; Ryan Dempster threw the requisite two innings that most starters go in their first outing and gave up a pair of hits and a run and struck out two. One of those hits was a triple by Josh Reddick that scored the run that Dempster allowed.
The rest of the pitchers in today's game were guys that have little or no chance of making the bullpen this season. I suppose Scott Maine, who has major league experience, might have an outside shot at bullpen roles, but more likely, he'll wind up at Iowa as bullpen insurance. Manny Corpas, who also has MLB experience, was pretty bad today, as was Marco Carrillo, who got hit hard, giving up three hits, a pair of walks and four runs.Offensively, the Cubs' hitting star was Blake DeWitt. Yes, that Blake DeWitt, the guy who was outrighted off the Cubs' roster and is trying to win back a job, likely as a backup if he makes it. (We hope, if he does, that Dale Sveum never, ever uses him in left field.)
DeWitt had never faced Bartolo Colon before. Colon will be 39 years old in May and is trying to hang on with the A's this year, so maybe this isn't the best indication of whether DeWitt can actually hit, you know, real major league pitching.
Jeff Baker had a pair of hits today, including a double. No Cubs were picked off today, so that's an improvement.
During the radio broadcast, Pat Hughes mentioned that the Cubs will likely be using the DH for most if not all of the first week of the season, before pitchers begin to bat later. That's a good idea, in order to get some of the extra players in camp some at-bats.
Attendance on another very warm 84-degree day was 5,880, just more than half of Sunday's crowd. That makes the two-date total 16,246, an average of 8,123. It's still too early to tell how the spring as a whole will draw in Mesa, though I do know that there are still some tickets available for all the games, except for lawn tickets for the 3/18 game vs. the White Sox.
Tuesday's game will feature Matt Garza's first spring start against the Rockies' Guillermo Moscoso. Rockies pitchers Rafael Betancourt, Alex White and Chad Bettis will also throw. So far, the Cubs have not announced any other pitchers beyond Garza.