PHOENIX, Ariz. – The Chicago Cubs dropped a 6-2 decision to the Oakland A's on Monday, scoring their only runs with two out in the ninth inning.
The Good: Outfielder Ryan Kalish continued a good spring with two more hits, raising his batting average to .300. Before the game, manager Rick Renteria praised Kalish’s efforts; he has a shot at making the 25-man roster. ... Career minor-leaguer Jonathan Mota hit a two-run home run in the ninth to spoil the shutout bid by the A’s.
The Bad: After a short, hot run at the plate, outfielder Brett Jackson has cooled off. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts; Josh Vitters also struck out twice. Vitters has 11 K’s in 17 at-bats this spring. ... Junior Lake went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts as well, lowering his spring average to .143.
The Injured: James McDonald left his start due to shoulder issues after throwing two pitches. The right-hander will be evaluated further, but his chances of winning the fifth spot in the rotation while Jake Arrieta is rehabbing took a huge hit. McDonald's health remains the primary concern -- he battled shoulder problems last season.
What’s Next: The run of split-squad games is over, but now come the nighttime affairs. The Cubs will play under the lights the next two days, starting with a road game against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday. Jason Hammel is scheduled to start.