Kyle Schwarber's 2 hits off Clayton Kershaw a highlight as Cubs fall to Dodgers

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs lost 7-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a Cactus League game in front of 15,313 fans on Tuesday, dropping their record to 1-6 this spring.

Kyle Schwarber: His two hits off lefty Clayton Kershaw were a quarter of the amount he had off lefties all last season.

"I've been working on it with (hitting coach) Eric Hinske," Schwarber said after the game. "We worked on some things approach-wise. Just trying to learn every day from watching people that hit off lefties."

His first base-knock was a beauty, a single up the middle on a ball he waited patiently on to get deep into the strike zone. He agreed letting a pitch "travel further" off a lefty is a good strategy.

"It (a slider) looks like the fastball out of the hand," Schwarber said. "It's definitely a good thought process. Staying through it."

After going 8-for-56 last season against left-handed pitching, Schwarber gained some confidence on Tuesday against one of the best in the league.

"Definitely a good opportunity to see one of the premier lefties in baseball," he said.

Kyle Hendricks: His second outing of the spring went well as he threw three scoreless innings against a decent Dodgers lineup. Hendricks is refining changes he made in the offseason as he continues to mature as a pitcher. He feels he knows how to right the ship quicker if things aren't going well.

"You learn more about yourself every single year," Hendricks said after Tuesday's outing.

Hendricks won't necessarily admit it, but the Cubs have him on a more consistent schedule and throwing in regular spring games instead of on the backfields in "B" affairs as they did several times last year. It could translate to being more prepared for the start to the regular season.

Travis Wood: Wood gave up six hits and a walk over three innings in relief of Hendricks. He got hit hard on several occasions giving up three runs while striking one batter out.

Bryant/Ross go deep: Kris Bryant hit his first home run of the spring after David Ross gave the Rookie of the Year a pep talk. Ross also homered and doubled as that was about all the run scoring offense the Cubs mustered though they had nine hits in the game.

La Stella OK: Infielder Tommy La Stella says he's fine after leaving Monday's game with a right calf issue which popped up during warm ups. Both he and Joe Maddon said if it was later in the year or the game meant something he could easily have played through it. La Stella will take it easy for a day or two before playing again. He missed most of last season with an oblique problem.

Mallee OK: Hitting coach John Mallee was back in the dugout after taking a foul ball off the left arm on Monday as he sat in chairs to the right of the Cubs dugout and not far from home plate. In spring games coaches will sit on either side of the plate back against the wall putting them in a dangerous spot for foul balls.

"He's sore," Joe Maddon said. "I thought it hit the wall. When the ball hit him I thought it hit the cement with the concrete wall. It was that loud.

"All coaches sit there. Why isn't there net in front of them? Probably because the people who have paid to sit there don't want to sit behind two nets. Why is he sitting there? Because he has a better view of what's going on. Why does he do that? Because we've been doing that for the last 80 years, OK? I don't like sitting up there. I don't like it."

Up Next: The Big 3 take the mound for the Cubs over the next three days as Jake Arrieta starts against Cleveland on Wednesday. Jon Lester and John Lackey throw Thursday and Friday, respectively.