MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs scored in each of the first two innings and then held on for a 2-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday.
The good: What can’t Paul Maholm do? He pitched five scoreless innings in his fourth outing of what is turning out to be an impressive spring and he even cracked a double. It’s not as if he was without his critics, though. Maholm took heat from his teammates who thought he should have ended up with a triple on his hit in the fourth inning.
The bad: With positions in the batting order available for the taking, Darwin Barney got his chance in the No. 2 spot but went 0-for-3. He came up twice with runners on base, getting hit by a pitch in the second inning, but lining out with a runner on second base to end the fourth inning.
Beyond the box score: Can a guy with just one game above the Double-A level be able to handle the closer’s job in the major leagues? Rafael Dolis is making people think about it. He pitched another scoreless inning Monday, this one in a save situation for his second save of the spring. In seven Cactus League innings Dolis has only given up two hits. If Carlos Marmol struggles to start the season, the Cubs will have to make a tough decision at closer and Dolis could get some consideration.
Up next: Cubs right-hander Matt Garza (2-2, 5.84) will pitch opposite Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mat Latos (2-0, 1.93) in a 3 p.m. CST start from Goodyear.