It was a night to forget for Pedro Strop.
Strop has been fined before for his off-to-the-side hat, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon is cool with it.
Starlin Castro returned after dealing with a groin injury.
Strop posted a 2.21 ERA in 2014.
The 29-year-old was driving a pickup truck when he crashed against a wall late Wednesday along a road southwest of the capital of Santo Domingo.
“I kind of like that freedom unless you have an absolute hammer at the end of the game,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon says.
Travis Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team for his first win in two months.
Madison Bumgarner struck out 12 to lead San Francisco to victory.
“There have been a lot of good individual performances out here,” GM Jed Hoyer said.
By now, the Cubs front office has shown we can trust their evaluations.
Hector Rondon goes onto the paternity leave list as well.
The Cubs’ bullpen has blown four of its six save chances.
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