Diamondbacks 3, Cubs 2

March, 26, 2012
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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The Chicago Cubs tried to put together a late rally on Monday but fell just short in a 3-2 split-squad defeat to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Scottsdale, Ariz.

The good: Blake DeWitt and Ian Stewart broke through against Arizona ace Ian Kennedy in the seventh inning with back-to-back doubles for a run. For DeWitt, his two hits keep alive his quest for a roster spot. Stewart is trying to get into a groove with a just over a week remaining in spring training after missing time with a tight quadriceps muscle.

The bad: David DeJesus remains one of the few Cubs players to not get hot for at least a short stretch this spring. He went 0-for-3 Monday, but there is no shame in that against Kennedy. He did coax a walk. But his batting average has dropped to .182 and there are just eight games remaining for the projected leadoff hitter to get on track before Opening Day.

Beyond the box score: Despite taking the loss, Jay Jackson continues to show that he can be effective if the Cubs need some help from a right-hander this season. Jackson, who will start the season at Triple-A Iowa, gave up three runs and seven hits over four innings against a solid Diamondbacks’ lineup. He has a 2.77 ERA in Cactus League play.

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.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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