3/5 Rockies 6, Cubs 3
Edwin Maysonett hit an inside the park home run and Brad Nelson delivered a pinch-hit homer but it wasn’t enough as the Cubs lost 6-3 to the Rockies Tuesday in Scottsdale. Scott Feldman made his second spring start, and gave up four runs on six hits over two innings, including a two-run homer by Wilin Rosario.
“If you’re going to have an outing like today, it’s a good thing to have it in spring and not the regular season,” Feldman said. “It’s an opportunity to kind of sit back and look at things and what I need to work on and make a little bit of adjustment. From where I am right now, second start of spring, I’m just happy I feel good and my fastball is where it needs to be.”
Tuesday was the Cubs’ first game using a designated hitter and Feldman, who has limited Interleague at-bats, was the first Cubs player to get a hit with a soft single to right with two outs in the third.
“I didn’t hit that ball really hard, but I actually broke the bat,” he said. “It’ll look like a line drive in the box score.”
Feldman is scouting his teammates as well and was impressed by second baseman Darwin Barney’s play to end the second in which he snared Josh Rutledge’s grounder that was headed to center, spun and made a throw in time.
“He’s made a lot of good plays so far this spring,” Feldman said of the Gold Glove second baseman. “You have guys like that behind you, you’re not afraid to pitch to contact.”
– Carrie Muskat