This game was so ugly, it doesn't even deserve recognition, let alone comment. In fact, when Lou Piniella said during an in-game interview that "Garland is ahead of the hitters," he should have added, "And everybody's ahead of the Cubs right now."
But I'm a merciful man.
First: Let it be known that Rich Hill did not impress me today. His control, of curve and fastball, was spotty, and his fastball lacked zip. Popping the glove, he was not. But given a few more weeks in camp, Hill should be fine.
Alfonso Soriano, though, had an excellent game. Three hits in three at-bats. Two doubles. Better yet, two opposite field hits. At the plate, Soriano looked impressive.
Derrek Lee hit his first spring home run, middle infield combo Cesar Izturis and Mark DeRosa turned a flawless double play, and Scott Eyre and Clay Rapada combined to throw 1.2 scoreless innings in relief.
But that was the extent of the positives. I hate to be negative so early in the spring, but watching today's game was painful. I'll admit it: I stopped watching after the seventh inning.