Leading 5-2 with newly anointed closer Pedro Strop on the hill, things where looking good for starter Jeff Samardzija. Leaving with the lead, the 29-year-old pitcher watched the bullpen give up 5 runs in the ninth in a 7-5 loss.
It appears that the Cubs may have figured out a solution to their lack of a closer: Just never lead again.
Chicago starter Jason Hammel allowed just one run in 6 2/3 innings.
The youngsters have been sent back down, giving us a better idea of what lies ahead.
The battle for bullpen roles are a big part of the spring training season for the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs added to their international pool Tuesday with a flurry of trades