The Cubs got off the Spring schneid today, beating the Brewers in Maryvale. They also tied the Giants 5-5 in a “B” game – i.e., not a real Cactus League game – to make up for the rainout this weekend.
- Eric Jokisch threw a few scoreless, hitless innings to start things off. He doesn’t look overpowering, but he does have a nice, natural sink on his ball. Jokisch walked two and struck out one.
- Arodys Vizcaino got in an inning of work, but threw only about six pitches. It was hard to get a gauge on his stuff, because the Brewers were eagerly swinging at his fastball. There was no radar gun on the broadcast I was watching, so I can’t tell you the velocity.
- Blake Parker and Wesley Wright each gave up an earned run in their inning of work. Fringe-relief candidate Marcus Hatley threw a scoreless frame with one strikeout, one walk and one hit. Hatley has big league caliber stuff, but struggles with control.
- Alberto Cabrera finished off the game with a scoreless ninth, but his command was a bit off. Out of options, Cabrera is going to have to make the team or be exposed to waivers.
- If you didn’t already see what Javier Baez did, you should watch it here. And pray for that baseball. Baez also muscled a single out to right on a blooper with the outfielders understandably way back, and made a very nice running catch along the foul line in short left.
- Christian Villanueva made a great defensive play at third base, and looks pretty beefed up (in a good way) this year. He has a very authoritative swing.
- Ryan Kalish picked up a hit and a walk in late-inning duty.
- In the “B” game, Jason Hammel made his debut, giving up a bunch of cheap hits. Kris Bryant and Albert Almora each had a couple hits in the game, as did Matt Szczur, who was all over the stat sheet. Mike Olt played first base (without issue that I’ve heard about), and took a couple walks. Jorge Soler and Josh Vitters saw action in the game, and although each got hit by a pitch, they didn’t do much else.