Cubs pitchers can’t find command in loss to the DBacks

PHOENIX – When your success relies on command, when that command goes astray, it can make for a frustrating afternoon. That was how things went for starter Zach Davies in Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the DBacks. The Cubs’ right-hander never found the command of his pitches and went into several deep counts on the afternoon.

The game looked like it was going to get away from Davies and the Cubs in the fourth inning as he walked the leadoff hitter, Eduardo Escobar. Escobar would come around to score on Pavin Smith’s RBI-single and loading the bases with nobody out.

But he was able to get out of the jam and limit the damage, getting a popout and a timely 6-4-3 double play to get out of the jam. Davies allowed two runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and four walks.

Command wasn’t just an issue for Davies, but the entire pitching staff. Cubs pitchers combined to walk 11 batters (two intentional) in the game against the DBacks. Three of those walks came around to score. A hit by pitch in the seventh inning also came around to score.

Cubs claim Schwindel from the A’s

The Cubs claimed first baseman Frank Schwindel from the Oakland A’s on Sunday. He was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. Schwindel, 29, has little major-league experience with a .114/.114/.229 slashine with a home run and three RBIs in 14 games. Schwindel does have a respectable .287/.321/.481 slashline with 134 homers over eight minor league seasons.

The Cubs’ 40-man roster stands is now full.

He said it

Ross on Rowan Wick’s return to the mound: “He’s on his way back to being healthy and feeling good. And the fact that he did have a nice outing and has come out feeling great today is a really nice sign. … It’s just nice to see him back on competing again.”

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