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Sunday, March 20, 2011
Cubs 3, Giants 2 (10 innings)

By Bruce Levine

MESA, Ariz. -- A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 3-2 win in 10 innings over a San Francisco Giants' split squad on Sunday at HoHoKam Park.

The good: Randy Wells became the team’s second starting pitcher to extend to six innings pitched. Wells allowed just two hits and one run while striking out seven as he put a lock on a rotation spot. Centerfielder Marlon Byrd continues to be one of baseball’s hottest spring hitters, raising his average to .488 with two hits and a walk on Sunday. Catcher Welington Castillo singled home the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

The bad: Not much to report, however, we’ll pick on lefty Sean Marshall, who had his second-consecutive below-average outing, allowing two hits and one run in one inning pitched.

Beyond the box score: Castillo and Max Ramirez continue to impress at catcher. Castillo’s offense and defense have been the talk of camp. How good has Castillo been hitting? He was 1-for-2 on Sunday and saw his average drop to .706. Koyie Hill will be the opening day backup and Castillo will start the season as the starter at Triple-A Iowa.

Up next: Right-hander Andrew Cashner (1-1), looking to put a stranglehold on the fifth starter job, faces the Angels Jered Weaver (1-0) in Tempe, Ariz. on Monday.