3/11 Dodgers 5, Cubs 0
What went right:
Jeff Beliveau struck out five of the seven batters he faced.
What went wrong:
Garza had a 1-2-3 first but gave up two singles, hit a batter, and walked two in the second, getting pulled after falling behind 4-0. Prior to Sunday’s game, the Cubs starting pitchers had given up four runs over 17 1/3 innings. The Cubs mustered five hits in the loss to the Dodgers and starter Ted Lilly. Bobby Scales committed a throwing error in the sixth.
“I’ve been trying to keep myself on a strict program with just fastballs and changeups. It’s tough especially with hitters going up there ready to hack and looking for fastballs. I got myself in trouble more than anything. That’s what it was. It’s not anything I’m too concerned about. Just a bad day and I’ll get ready for the next one.” — Matt Garza on his outing
The Cubs agreed to terms on a five-year, $6 million contract with left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion, who was the Cuban National Series Rookie of the Year last year. Concepcion, who turned 20 in February, will receive a $3 million signing bonus and the rest of the $3 million will be spread over the length of the contract. He was 10-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 21 games. At the age of 19, he placed among overall league leaders in wins (tied for sixth), winning percentage (second at .769) and earned run average (ninth).
Paul Maholm makes his first Cactus League start on Monday against the Reds when the Cubs return to HoHoKam Park. Jeff Samardzija, who has emerged as a candidate for one of the spots in the rotation, also was slated to pitch. The game will be broadcast on WGN Radio.
— Carrie Muskat