The Good: Volstad gave the Cubs their second straight three-inning shutout performance by a starter after Jeff Samardzija's performance on Wednesday. Kerry Wood threw a shutout inning in his first Cactus League outing of the spring. Alfonso Soriano went deep for the third time in four at-bats over the past two games.
The Bad: Carlos Marmol gave up four runs in the fourth inning, including Dustin Ackley‘s three-run home run. Marmol has worked his fastball back up to 94 MPH. He served up a hanging slider to Ackley. ”I am just worried about my fastball and throwing strikes right now," Marmol said. Manager Dale Sveum stated before Thursday's game that he would try to be careful with Marmol and Wood this season."When you get those guys up you need to get them in," Sveum said.
Up Next: The North Siders travel to Glendale to play the White Sox in the first of two games the Chicago clubs play against each other this spring. Ryan Dempster pitches against Chris Sale at Camelback Ranch.