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Monday, March 18, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Padres 2

By Jesse Rogers

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Here’s a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 5-2 victory over the San Diego Padres on Monday.

The good: Edwin Jackson turned in the best performance by a Cub on the mound this spring. He was in total command, going six innings while giving up just a run on three hits. ... Dave Sappelt continued a hot stretch with a three-run home run, the big blow of the game. ... Brent Lillibridge had two more hits and is batting .478 this spring.

The bad: In their final game with the big league club before being sent to minor league camp, Jorge Soler and Javier Baez combined to go 0-for-8 with three strikeouts, though Baez put bat on ball to drive in a run in the fourth inning.

What we learned: Jackson is progressing exactly as advertised. He’s not throwing a lot of pitches and he’s getting outs. There were very few -- if any -- hard-hit balls off him. ... Lillibridge has all but locked up a spot on this team (if he hadn’t weeks ago) while Sappelt is probably the favorite for the final outfield position. He’s proven once again he can hit left-handed pitching and that’s how he will be used in the regular season, if he makes the team.