The Cubs dropped another Cactus League contest today, 5-3 to the Indians at Sloan Park. Here’s your box score.
- Jake Arrieta was, as he so often is, essentially as good as it gets for two innings. He gave up nothing, he struck out four, and he looked like this in slow-mo:
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— Nick Shepkowski (@Shep670) March 9, 2016
- Not that you’d have any reason to be concerned about Arrieta’s readiness, but he was already popping the glove at 95mph. Barring an injury (I just bit my tongue in half), Arrieta figures to be dominant again this year.
- Pierce Johnson followed Arrieta and got jumped by Geovany Urshela with an immediate homer. From there, he struggled to get out of the inning quickly, though it sounded on the radio like he was working with a tight zone.
- Lefties Edgar Olmos and C.J. Riefenhauser gave up a run on two hits, though the latter also walked one in his inning of work. Another lefty, Manny Parra, pitched a clean frame.
- Some of the cleanup work at the end was left to minor league pitcher Michael Jensen, 25, who moved to the bullpen in 2014 after Tommy John surgery, and has had back-to-back successful seasons since. He pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two.
- Rex Brothers, who comes with questions about his control after an exploding walk rate in 2015 (which was already quite high to begin with), struggled with his, well, control. He walked two and gave up a run-scoring double in his inning.
- Offensively, there wasn’t much doin’ for the Cubs until the 9th inning, outside of third base prospect Jeimer Candelario, who had two of the Cubs’ three hits, including a home run. Dan Vogelbach walked twice, so that’s nice, too, I suppose. In the 9th, though, the Cubs got a two-run homer from John Andreoli with two outs, cutting the lead to just two. Also nice, I suppose.
- Ian Happ got into the game at second base, a position you may recall he is adjusting to right now, and at one point turned a nice double play at second base, according to those with eyes-on.
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