Cubs split split-squad games

March, 15, 2011
3/15/11
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Levine By Bruce Levine
ESPNChicago.com
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In split-squad games on Tuesday, the Chicago Cubs lost to the Colorado Rockies 4-2 at HoHoKam Park in Mesa, Ariz. but defeated the Oakland A’s 8-1 in Phoenix.

The good: RHP Randy Wells pitched five solid innings against the Rockies, allowing just two earned runs, his only runs allowed this spring. Andrew Cashner started against Oakland, allowing one earned run in 3 1/3 innings. Cashner gave up one hit while walking two and striking out two. Brett Jackson, Welington Castillo and Tyler Colvin all homered against the A’s.

The bad: Both Cubs squads made two errors. The Cubs now have a major-league high 29 errors this spring. Outfielder Fernando Perez went 0-for-4 against the A’s and is now hitting .182 in his quest for the fifth outfielder job.

Beyond the box score: The Cubs fourth and fifth starters may be picked by management as early as next week.

Up next: The Cubs have an off-day on Wednesday. Thursday, Ryan Dempster (1-0) faces Oakland lefty Bobby Cramer (0-0) in Phoenix.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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