The Cubs used the long ball early and often against Chad Billingsley and the Dodgers staff to build a 6-2 lead through three innings. Nate Schierholtz hit a solo shot in the first, and then Welington Castillo went back to back with Darnell McDonald in the third inning. McDonald padded the RBI numbers with a three run homer, a no doubter. Unfortunately that was about it for the Cubs offense as they couldn’t scratch across another run the rest of the afternoon. Carlos Villanueva made his Cubs debut and it could have been better as he struggled with his command. Villanueva couldn’t make in through the first inning as he walked two guys, and gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Blake Parker and Barret Loux had solid outings, each turning in a scoreless effort. Robert Whitenack struggled today, giving up three runs, while not allowing a hit, yes he struggled with command as well, walking two in two-thirds of an inning. The news of the day came from Dontrelle Willis, not because he made his debut, but because he only threw seven pitches before leaving with what is being described as shoulder stiffness, he took the loss.
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You have to feel for the guy. Willis, who is trying to make his latest comeback to the Majors with the Cubs, made his debut today. He walked the first batter he faced, threw seven pitches and then called the trainer out to the mound. Dodgers TV showed D-Train in the dugout during the pitching change and the concern seemed to be focused on his throwing shoulder, ugh. I say ugh not because I think he would be an integral part of the Cubs 2013 team or future, but because I feel for the guy. Tremendous success followed by humbling, and crippling injuries that have derailed his Major League career. Hopefully it’s precautionary, I think that was his last pitch as a Cub, maybe as a ballplayer, hope not. Once more information becomes available I’ll pass it along, I just can’t help but thing this is not going to end good, and that’s too bad.
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