Rapid Reaction: Rockies 2, Cubs 0

March, 13, 2013
Rogers By Jesse Rogers
MESA, Ariz. -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday:

The good: Edwin Jackson didn't have a problem getting through five innings. He gave up a run in the first on a couple of hard hit balls but settled down for a fairly uneventful outing after that ... Dioner Navarro picked off a runner and threw another one out at second base.

The bad: Cubs bats were quiet after their day off on Tuesday although Starlin Castro did have two good at-bats. Alfonso Soriano stranded five runners in his first two at-bats with a fly out and strikeout. The latter came with the bases loaded and no one out in the third inning ... Kyuji Fujikawa struggled through his lone inning of work giving up a run while walking two. The Cubs had just six hits on the day.

Castro's return: The Cubs shortstop only played three innings in his return to game action for the first time since Feb. 27 but he was busy in the field and didn't make an out at the plate. The first batter of the game hit a slow roller to him which he threw wide to first, but later he made four plays in a row including fielding three ground balls. He drew a walk in his first plate appearance and singled to left in his second before being replaced by Javier Baez.

What we learned: The time off did not hurt Castro's timing at the plate at least in his two at-bats ... Jackson did what he normally does. He wasn't overpowering but he got outs and kept the Cubs in the game ... Soriano is going to bat with a lot of runners in scoring position, he needs to perform better especially with less than two outs.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.



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Starlin Castro
.292 14 65 58
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
WJ. Arrieta 10
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167