The Cubs dropped today’s game against the Reds at Sloan Park 4-2, though at least it came with a great cause beforehand. A number of Cubs players, coaches, and Joe Maddon shaved their heads to raise funds for pediatric cancer research, which is the most important thing that happened on the day.
Among the other things …
- Miguel Montero is now 5-5 this Spring, including three hits today (with a homer), and all five hits have come to the opposite field. Keep it going, Miggy.
- As I suspected, Kyle Schwarber got into the game behind the plate, which was a bit of a mixed bag – although he nailed one runner at second, he also airmailed a throw, allowing a run to score. At least he got some nice singalong birthday wishes out in left field.
- Albert Almora started in center field, notching a double and one of his characteristic diving catches in the outfield. I haven’t found video of the play yet (the game wasn’t televised), so we may or may not get to see for ourselves. What he actually did is probably even better than I’m envisioning.
- Trevor Cahill started for the Cubs and pitched two scoreless innings, striking out three, giving up no walks, and allowing two hits. According to folks in attendance, he was sitting at 94-95mph with his fastball, which is where he was out of the Cubs’ bullpen last year (but much higher than he’s typically at as a starter).
- Eric Jokisch, battling to stay in the Cubs’ starting pitching depth plans, pitched the next two innings, giving up a two-run homer to Tucker Barnhart in the process.
- Cubs pitchers, on the whole, issues not a single walk on the day.
- It was another sellout at Sloan, and a pricey ticket if you wanted to try and walk up:
How hot is ticket to today's cubs game in Mesa? Had to pay 50 bucks for $12 lawn seat. (got em down from 70 too!)
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 5, 2016