Rapid Reaction: Cubs 4, Brewers 1


MARYVALE, Ariz. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday.

The good: Carlos Villanueva sailed through six innings, giving up nothing on the scoreboard. Twice he allowed multiple hits in an inning without a run, thanks in part to his control. He walked only one. ... At the plate, Darwin Barney won the game with a two-run home run in the ninth. That was followed by a Dioner Navarro pinch-hit long ball. ... David DeJesus stayed hot with two more hits, raising his average to .385. Starlin Castro hit the ball hard his first three times up and added a single with a bloop hit in the 8th.

The bad: There was very little as the Cubs defense and bullpen played well in support of Villanueva. ... Alfonso Soriano was 0-for-4, leaving four on base.

What we learned: Villanueva showed no issues extending his pitch count. He wasn’t overpowering, but walking just one made up for that. His best pitches came with men on base, allowing him to get out of a couple of jams. ... Castro and DeJesus have had the best at-bats for Cubs hitters all spring long, which bodes well for the season as they will bat 1-2 in the order.