3/7 Cubs extra bases
Manager Mike Quade on Carlos Silva after his rough outing Monday:
“I tend to give a guy who has this kind of career and the longevity he’s had some space to do that,” Quade said. “It’s not his first rodeo. He was fine today, he went about his business great. He worked through a little trouble in the first couple innings and just couldn’t make a pitch or two to get out of the third inning. I make nothing out of this other than it’s a rough day. He’ll be fine.”
Silva gave up eight runs on 10 hits over 2 1/3 innings but did not get the loss as the Cubs rallied from a 9-0 deficit to beat the Angels, 14-13, on Bryan LaHair’s walkoff RBI single.
* Marlon Byrd was thrown out at home trying to score on Aramis Ramirez’s double in the fourth. The ball went deep into the left field corner, an area known as Satan’s corner, Quade said.
“It’s Spring Training for everyone,” Quade said. “I think [third base coach Ivan DeJesus] pulled the trigger a little soon.”
* Tyler Colvin is expected to make his next start at first base Thursday. He was charged with his third error this spring in right on Monday.
* Closer Carlos Marmol is trying to work on his fastball command. “If he gets really good fastball command-wise with this [his slider], it’s game, set, match,” Quade said. “Any improvement ‘Marm’ can make on his fastball command is going to help him and why don’t we say this about everybody? We all talk about breaking stuff, but it boils down to fastball command. I don’t care if it’s a bunch of these kids trying to make the club or if it’s [Ryan Dempster]. The better your fastball command, the better your game is.”
* Here’s some trivia: Greg Maddux faced 20,421 batters in his career. Just 310 of them saw a 3-0 count. That’s roughly one every three starts. Thanks to MLB Trade Rumors for the research.
– Carrie Muskat