Chalk it up to a rough afternoon after a busy weekend, the Cubs made a couple errors, and struggled at the plate throughout the loss today. Jon Lester struggled with his command on both sides of the plate today, and made too many mistakes in the middle of the zone. The result was a tough outing for Lester as he gave up six earned runs in just 3.1 innings of work. The Cubs as a team were 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, at least they had twelve chances, right? Jorge Soler was 1-for-2 with a walk, and Kris Bryant was clearly fatigued as he could only manage a loud double off the wall in three at bats.
Jon Lester is pretty good, probably why the Cubs gave him a crap-ton of money this off-season. Lester was brilliant this afternoon as he was able to locate his cutter and off-speed stuff on both corners. The Cubs’ new ace worked three scoreless innings, giving up three hits, while walking no one, and striking out two. Mike Olt is bringing it this spring, he had another productive day in field, and at the plate (2-for-3, with two singles). The big hit came from an unlikely source, nine hitter Mike Baxter who ripped a two-run single off of Zack Greinke in the second inning to give the Cubs an early lead.
It’s not about the outcome, remember that. I know that’s hard to pay attention to because, well, sports, but some good things are happening. Jon Lester made his debut today, and he was outstanding as he worked two scoreless innings. The Cubs bats were quiet again as they were only able to scratch across two runs in the loss. Brian Schlitter took the loss in this one, he was bad, just very bad, lets leave it at that. Other than Schlitter the Cubs pitching was pretty darn good for the second day in a row with all the regulars throwing strikes, and getting outs.