2/25 Dodgers 7, Cubs 6

Darnell McDonald hit a three-run homer in the third and Welington Castillo followed with a solo shot, Nate Schierholtz belted a solo home run and Darwin Barney added a RBI double Monday but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost 7-6 to the Dodgers on Monday at Camelback Ranch.

Carlos Villanueva’s Cubs debut lasted five batters. He battled Dee Gordon in a 16-pitch at-bat, and eventually struck him out. Villanueva then walked the next two batters and one out later, Nick Punto hit a two-run single to tie the game. Villanueva was then lifted.

Villanueva reached his pitch count limit before the first inning ended, mainly because of a 16-pitch at-bat by Dee Gordon leading off for the Dodgers. The Cubs needed Minor Leaguer Brian Schlitter, 27, of Maine South High School, to pitch one inning, and then Dontrelle Willis entered in the eighth. The one-time Cubs draft pick who is in the Minor League camp, walked the first batter, Nick Evans, and he eventually scored the game-winning run. Willis had to leave after throwing seven pitches because of fatigue in his left shoulder. He ended up with the loss.

– Carrie Muskat

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