The Chicago Cubs dropped their first game of the exhibition season, after winning their first two, against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. The downfall for the Cubs on Monday was the team’s pitching staff as the Dodgers earned a 7 to 6 victory on Monday.
What Went Right: The Chicago Cubs offense continued to impress. Catcher Welington Castillo, and outfielders Darnell McDonald and Nate Schierholtz each had a solo home run in the Cubs’ loss to the Dodgers on Monday. Luis Valbuena was the leadoff man for the Cubs and continued to impress offensively by going 1 for 2 with a double. Schierholtz finished the day going 2 for 3 offensively and catcher Steve Clevenger also collected two hits for the Cubs on Monday.
What Went Wrong: Carlos Villanueva was not effective in his exhibition debut for the Cubs. Villanueva allowed 2 runs on 1 hit while issuing 2 walks and striking out one and failing to make out of the first inning. Dontrelle Willis made his return to the Cubs on Monday by making his Cactus League debut. Willis, however, only made seven pitches before leaving the game with an apparent injury. Robert Whitenack struggled as well allowing three runs in 2/3 of an inning.
- Willis appeared to have suffered a shoulder injury, though, the pitcher is optimistic in believing that this setback will not deter his overall comeback. Willis was not scheduled to pitch on Monday, though inflated pitch counts made Willis an ideal emergency mop-up reliever. Willis was not going to make the Cubs’ roster immediately after Spring Training, but it remains to be seen whether or not this injury will have an impact on Willis’ chances of being a part of the Cubs’ organization in general.
- The Cubs offense has been encouraging so far in Spring Training and the trend continued on Monday. This may be an example of the Cubs’ hitters being further along than opposing pitchers at this point in Spring Training, nonetheless, the Cubs’ offense has been impressive so far in Spring Training.