Cubs 5, Pirates 3

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, April 2, 2011

Hero: Blake DeWitt put a miserable spring training behind him by delivering a tie-breaking, two-run double to cap a five-run Cubs eighth.

Goats: Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Pena each went 0-for-3.

Key Play: DeWitt's double came after he hit just .186 in spring training and lost his role as part of a second place platoon to Darwin Barney.

"Spring's over," DeWitt said. "It's time to compete now. Spring's important for everybody in this clubhouse, but when we get here, it's done. Nobody remembers what you do in the spring. It definitely helps you get ready for the season and, no doubt about it, I wish I had a better spring, but it's time to compete."

Comment: Kerry Wood walked the first hitter he faced after entering in the seventh and then set down the next three hitters he faced. Sean Marshall set down Pittsburgh in order in the eighth and Carlos Marmol closed out the game by striking out the side in the ninth. If Wood, Marshall, and Marmol pitch like that consistently, it's going to be a wonderful summer at the Friendly Confines.

Next: Matt Garza makes his Cubs debut on Sunday (WGN, 1:20 p.m.) when he opposes Pittsburgh right-hander Ross Ohlendorf.

Ohlendorf had a miserable spring training, going 0-5 with a 9.82 ERA in six starts. He allowed a whopping 34 hits - including five home runs - in 18 1/3 innings.

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