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cactusThe Cubs managed to swing a tie last night with a five-run 8th and a two-run 9th after being down big early. It was a bit of a crazy game, and the Cubs were down early because …

  • Scott Feldman got blasted again. Like blasted. He gave up 12 hits (1 walk) in just 4.1 innings, and seven earned runs. That includes four homers. Yowsa. I’m sure he’s ready to get the hell out of Arizona, and hope that the cooler, damper air of Chicago will help his game considerably.
  • None of the Cubs relievers had a great game, though only Michael Bowden and Zach Putnam gave up an additional run each, everyone was giving up base runners. The only bright spot? Although Cubs pitchers gave up an hilarious 19 hits, they walked just two. Then again, if you’re getting hits like the Royals were, there’s not much point in waiting for walks.
  • David DeJesus tripled, extending his Spring hitting streak to 14 games.
  • Dioner Navarro had another couple hits to round out his very productive Spring.
  • Nate Schierholtz went 2-2 off the bench, and stole a base to boot.
  • Anthony Rizzo technically was ejected in the 9th for arguing balls and strikes. I say “technically” because it was the 9th inning of a Spring Training game.
  • The Cubs’ Cactus League schedule ends today, at HoHoKam, the last time the Cubs will call the park home.
  • Coldneck

    Heads up – typo on main page summary of article (*Felman).

  • Coldneck

    I know it’s early and spring stats don’t mean a whole lot, but reclamation projects Feldman and Baker are not looking so hot. Take their combined salaries and you could sign a real starter.

  • TommyK

    what does “technically ejected” mean?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. The same thing as actually ejected. I guess I’ll elaborate.

      • TommyK

        Thanks. I thought maybe it was the baseball equivalent of a technical knock out.

      • MightyBear

        Two calls including the last one were totally terrible. I don’t blame Rizzo for getting PO’d. I think the umps wanted to get the game over at that time.

        • cjdubbya

          Make that three calls and you are spot on, tho that was a close play at first.

          • MightyBear

            I think the call at first was a good call. The first called strike to Rizzo was terrible and he did not go around on the strikeout. Hence him being PO’d and hence the ejection.

            I did wonder, Rizzo was called out by the third base umpire who said he went around and the third base umpire threw him out. Was that considered arguing balls and strikes?

  • Blublud

    This is why I never Included Feldman in my rotation. With a healthy Garza and Baker, there is no Feldman stays in the rotation. Garza, Shark, Jackson, Wood, Baker would be the rotation if all were healthy. Feldman is a bullpen arm. I wouldn’t be suprise to see him moved back to the pen if he struggles after a few starts, even if Garza and Baker aren’t healthy. The Cubs have a few other options.

    • Die hard

      You are making the case for keeping Coleman or Struck

    • CubFan Paul

      For all we know, Feldman could of been working on a change-up (like Samardzija has been…(Bosio))

      • TheDynastyStartsIn2016

        Let’s see 12 hits, 13 outs. Wouldn’t you expect a coach throwing batting practice to fair better?

        • MightyBear

          no

    • Greg

      I don’t understand why Rusin isn’t in the lineup in place of Feldman. Saw Rusin pitch last week against the Rangers; he got hit pretty hard in the 1st, then pitched 3+ pretty strong innings. I’ve seen Feldman twice, and both times he has been hesitant to throw strikes, probably because he has been clobbered when he puts the ball over the plate. After the spring he had, Rusin must be pretty dejected when he sees Feldman in the starting rotation.

    • willis

      IF he struggles? I think there’s a pretty good chance he just isn’t good and will struggle.

  • Die hard

    Campanas triple yesterday gave him 50% chance of making team…. If he does then do Cubs get something extra like low draft choice?

    • TheDynastyStartsIn2016

      We don’t get the draft choice until he wins MVP.

  • Spriggs

    It will be sort of a sad day at Hohokam today (except for the fact that I won’t have to see Feldman pitch), but really looking forward to the new digs too.

    • MightyBear

      Oh yeah, I forgot but that was the last game at Ho Ho Kam stadium. New Ho Ho Kam opens next year. I wonder if they will sell parts of the stadium online? I bet Cub fans will buy them.

      • Spriggs

        Well, I doubt if there will be a lot for sale. The A’s will be there in 2015. Who knows how much of the old stuff will be replaced when they remodel.

  • cjdubbya

    Blasted is pretty much spot on. One of the most exciting MLB games I have attended. Hooray for rallying down 7-0 after four! A mom right by me used the Rizzo ejection as a teachable moment, which was neat (“this is why it’s important to always have a good attitude!”).

    Cool part before the game – a guy came down by the dugout with a news clipping of Barney.

    From his freshman year. Of high school. Him sliding into home. He took it to the rest of the guys that were stretching before signing it.

    Also, Clevenger is very happy to make the team (natch), and also said that “this was a loooong spring training”. I think the team is ready to play some games that can’t end in ties.

    Of the three parks we saw (Goodyear, HoHoKam, Surprise) I think Surprise was my favorite. Probably the best concessions, all seats throughout the concourse, and some old-timey looking buildings. Also, Fergie took his signing show on the road last night. Headed back this afternoon.

  • willis

    Oy Feldman…he’s been miserable all spring. Not even close to half way good, just ripped. I know that certain pitchers or pitches struggle in Arizona, but this dude hasn’t looked anything like a starter. So I wonder why the hell he was handed a starting spot without having to earn anything. He’s awful.

    I’m not buying the weather change will help him. Good news for me, I get to see him in Atlanta next week. The Braves will be ready to tee off on him I’m sure. Glad I’m wasting time and money for that. :)

  • jim

    Bring up rusin now. Gonna have to anyway.

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