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cactusWriting a game recap type thing in the wee hours of the morning is getting me thinking about doing Enhanced Box Scores for West Coast games … and I’m getting excited for the season.

  • Jeff Samardzija pitched adequately as he tunes up for the season, facing a mostly-regular Mariners lineup (which is like a mostly-bench other team lineup). He allowed nine hits and three earned runs in his six innings of work, but he struck out seven, walking none. I’ll take that. Combine that with Scott Feldman’s start earlier in the day, and that’s 11 innings of starter work without a single walk.
  • Samardzija got the Cubs’ bats going with a homer of his own – his second of the Spring. Extrapolating that, Samardzija’s going to have about 20 homers this year. Neat.
  • It is completely meaningless, but I’m going to point it out anyway: when Dale Sveum went James Russell, Kyuji Fujikawa, and Carlos Marmol over the last three innings, he had Russell in the seventh as you’d expect … but he put Marmol in the 8th and Fujikawa in the 9th. Again: totally meaningless. But, I mean, it happened.
  • All three threw a scoreless frame, by the way, with only Fujikawa allowing a hit (two of ‘em), and only Marmol allowing a walk (1 of ‘em).
  • Alfonso Soriano hit his fourth homer of the Spring, so he’s on target to repeat his 2012 season: which is to say, a surprisingly cool April after a hot March, but then a dominant May through September.
  • Brad Nelson also homered, and he’s fixing to see some regular time at first base for AAA Iowa, if the Cubs see fit to keep him.
  • Alberto Gonzalez had a hit and a walk in four plate appearances, as he tries to surprise and win a bench job. He also had a throwing error.
  • Javier Baez went 1-4 with a single.
  • Melrosepad

    I wouldn’t mind keeping Nelson, but I’ll admit, the main reason why is that I know his parents and it would allow them only a 100 or so mile drive to watch him play.

    • CubFan Paul

      I’d rather Vitters get those 1B reps while Lake hones his craft at 3B. And when Lake plays a game or two in the OF, Nelson can come off the bench for 1B.

    • Stinky Pete

      I’ve never met him or his family, but I live/grew up about 30 miles from his home town so I hope he does well.

  • Die hard

    This game proved my point… Cubs need 6 or more to win this yr

    • Mak

      My math might be off, but wouldn’t they have won with 5?

      • Die hard

        You’re almost there…. Get back to us at AllStar break

    • bbmoney

      Yes….this one game….played in March….during spring training……completely proves your point. There’s no more arguing it folks, move along.

  • Cub fan bob

    O, Ye of little faith.

    Bullpen looks good, pitcher walks are down, hitters seem more relaxed working counts, and defense looks improved. I am cautiously optimistic heading into the season.

  • gutshot5820

    I’m actually curious to see if Soriano can continue his performance from last year. Wonder if the change to a lighter bat and better coaching is permanent or if last year was a fluke.

  • cubzfan

    OK, Dr. Freud, what does this mean? I didn’t watch the game last night, but had a dream in which Samardzija homered. And we discussed how he had been working on his hitting and could hit several homers this year.

    • Hansman1982

      If you’re asking Freud then it means you want to murder your father and have sex with your mom.

      • 1908Blues

        and Theo is the opiate of the masses.

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