Cubs 8, Angels 1
April, 1, 2012
By Doug Padilla
TEMPE, Ariz. -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 8-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday.
The good: It hasn’t been the best of springs offensively for David DeJesus, but he said the regular season is where you make your money and he’s starting to warm up in preparation for it. DeJesus had two hits and scored a run, finally getting his batting average over .200. It’s not the results in spring that count, he said, it’s the momentum you can build heading into Opening Day.
The bad: The Cubs committed three fielding errors on the infield, two of them coming from Opening Day starters. Third baseman Ian Stewart, shortstop Starlin Castro and fill-in first baseman Blake DeWitt all booted balls. The good news, if there is any, is that none of the errors allowed the Angels to score.
Outside the box: Darwin Barney continued his penchant for aggressive swings, finally breaking through against expected Angels Opening Day starter Jered Weaver. In the sixth inning Barney attacked a Weaver pitch and hit an RBI triple to center field for the first run in a scoreless game. He lost a few points on his spring batting average but is still batting .392.
Up next: Cubs right-hander Jay Jackson (1-1, 2.77) will pitch opposite Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin (1-0, 0.57) in the 3 p.m. CST start from Scottsdale. Jeff Samardzija will pitch in a minor-league game.