The Cubs won a game, 7-4 over the Reds at Sloan Park. Here’s your box score.
Among the things …
- John Lackey’s Cubs debut featured a first inning home run given up, but also three strikeouts. Presumably, he just wanted to give over-eager fans too much to read into in both directions. Lackey ultimately worked three innings, allowing five hits, three earned runs, and striking out four.
- Drew Rucinski, who’ll serve as upper level minor league pitching depth for the Cubs as they try to see what they can make of him, pitched a couple scoreless innings following Lackey, striking out three, though he did also walk three.
- Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez then went back-to-back with perfect innings (Grimm with two Ks, Ramirez with one). Unfortunately I missed the audio on Ramirez’s inning, and I didn’t see anyone mentioning his velocity on the stadium gun. If someone caught it, I’d love to know where he was working.
- Spencer Patton was dominant yet again in his inning of work, striking out all three batters he faced. The Cubs traded for Patton early in the offseason, and, with options left, the thinking here has been that he was on the outside looking in for the bullpen, but would be among the first guys called up when the need inevitably developed. He hasn’t always faced big leaguers in his innings of work, but it’s worth pointing out at this point that he’s pitched four clean innings, hasn’t allowed a walk or a hit, and has struck out seven. Attention, I am paying.
- Dan Vogelbach finally flashed his huge power, sending one out to deep center field. Hoping we’ll eventually get a clip of that one, because when Vogelbach really gets ahold of one, it’s fun to watch.
- Miguel Montero and Tim Federowicz also homered, so it was catcher homer day, I guess.
- Anthony Rizzo reached base in all three of his plate appearances, with two doubles and a walk.