"That's a manager's or starting pitcher's worst nightmare," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. "You still need three outs and you're already at 15 pitches and figure you have to throw 10 more. He was actually keeping the ball down and threw some really good pitches that didn't get called that changed the whole rest of that inning around, too."
Villanueva did strike out Gordon, then walked the next two batters. One out later, Nick Punto hit a two-run single and Villanueva was lifted. The right-hander will stay in the Cubs' Cactus League rotation, and is being built up to start this spring.
• Outfielder Darnell McDonald, a non-roster invitee, has been impressive so far.
"He's obviously been swinging the bat well," Sveum said. "He's killed left-handed pitching in his career. He's in the mix for one of those spots [on the bench]. He's the ultimate professional, he really works hard and he's a great guy. We're just glad to have him in camp."
McDonald has played for the Orioles, Twins, Reds, Red Sox and Yankees, and has a career .274 average against lefties.
• Jeff Samardzija, Blake Parker, Michael Brenly and Brent Lillibridge advanced to the sweet 16 of the Cubs bunting tournament. Matches will continue this week on the back field at HoHoKam Park.
• There was no mistaking Darwin Barney's territory on Tuesday. Someone outlined the area around his locker with white tape and wrote "Barney's locker area. P.S. I won a Gold Glove." Barney, who did win a Gold Glove last season, did not play Tuesday. The culprit will likely be outed on Wednesday.