February 25, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney (15) hits an RBI double in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during a spring training game at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Spring Training Recap: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Chicago Cubs (2/27/2013)

Offense was on display for the Chicago Cubs in their Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. In a game that saw a combined 18 runs and 24 hits, the Dodgers defeated the Cubs 11 to 7 on Wednesday.

The Pitching: The Chicago Cubs pitching staff struggled on Wednesday against the Dodgers. The starting pitcher for the Cubs was Brooks Raley, who struggled against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Raley surrendered 4 runs on 5 hits while walking one and striking out one. Pitching prospect Trey McNutt pitched an inning while allowing one run on two hits. Jaye Chapman allowed 3 runs while Alberto Cabrera allowed 2 runs in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched. Relievers Michael Bowden, Shawn Camp and James Russell each had a scoreless inning of work.

The Offense: The Chicago Cubs offense continued to score runs on Wednesday against the Dodgers. Second baseman Darwin Barney was 2 for 2 on the day with 2 RBIs. Right fielder Nate Schierholtz was also 2 for 2 against the Dodgers to go along with a RBI. Infielder Luis Valbuena was 1 for 2 while serving as the team’s leadoff hitter. First baseman Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 2 as well while driving in a RBI. Top prospects Javier Baez and Jorge Soler also appeared in the game on Wednesday. Baez was 1 for 2 while Soler was 0 for 2.

The Tidbits

  • Prior to the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum told reporters that starting pitcher Matt Garza will resume baseball activity soon–possibly as soon as today. If Garza is going to avoid the disabled list to begin the season, the starting pitcher will need to resume baseball activity within the next couple of days.
  • Shortstop Starlin Castro was taken out of Wednesday’s game with a left hamstring strain, however, Castro did not appear to be too concerned about the injury.
  • As the days pass and third baseman Ian Stewart continues to be sidelined with an injury, it is becoming more and more likely that Stewart will not make the Cubs’ roster. Stewart will face an uphill battle once he returns from injury, as he may have only two weeks to earn a spot on the Cubs’ roster. That would mean that Luis Valbuena could start the season as the Cubs’ third baseman.

Tags: Chicago Cubs Ian Stewart Los Angeles Dodgers Luis Valbuena Matt Garza Starlin Castro

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