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Three In A Row..

... and not the right way; today's 8-6 Cub loss to the Giants was their third loss in a row, in front of a sellout crowd of 12,668 on what looked like another gorgeous, though windy, day in Mesa.

Again, the result of the game is less meaningful than what we found out from individual performances:

  • Neal Cotts pretty much pitched himself off the team today, I'd think; this will make choosing a second lefty, if Lou wants one, easy (Carmen Pignatiello is just about the only other choice)
  • Sam Fuld doesn't look nearly as good now as he did last spring. Maybe he's trying too hard
  • Carlos Marmol looks great. If you were just going off stats and "looks", he'd have the lead for the closer spot. Obviously, that's not the only criterion.
  • Ted Lilly had a decent, not great, spring debut.
  • Kosuke Fukudome went 0-for-3. This will happen again, no need to panic. Here's a nice Yahoo column about Fukudome in which he remarks that one of his biggest accomplishments so far is that "now I can drive to the ballpark by myself."
  • Felix Pie had his best game of the spring, hitting his 2nd HR and drawing a walk.
We're all worried about the broken finger Alfonso Soriano suffered during batting practice today, but until we get some more information, the only thing we can do is take at face value the statement that he'll be out "3-5 days". Seeing that finger taped on TV during the game didn't fill me with confidence, though.

I was out for a while during the game and listening to Pat and Ron, and at one point Santo was talking about driving in runs and said, of he and Billy Williams and Ernie Banks all being in the same lineup together, "We'd ALL drive in 100 runs." Naturally, that got me to looking this up. And exactly how many times did all three of those players drive in 100 runs in the same season? Once. In 1965, in a season when the Cubs went 72-90. During those years, there was one other year -- 1970 -- in which the Cubs had three 100-RBI men (that was a hitters' year; Santo, Williams and Jim Hickman drove in 100 or more).

Interesting what time does to memory. Santo, FWIW, had four 100-RBI seasons in his career (1964, 1965, 1969, 1970); Williams had three (1965, 1970, 1972) and Banks had seven (1955, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1965, 1969).

Onward to tomorrow. Wins don't mean all that much in the spring, as you know -- but I'm guessing Lou's had enough of "looking at stuff" and would like to get a "W".