A kind game to the bullpen this was not.

The Indians put up a 10 spot on the Cubs, all after starter Pierce Johnson had departed. The Cubs, for their part, scored five. That’s how the score became 10 to 5, because that’s how sports work. (Box Score)

  • Johnson pitched well in a start where he was essentially filling in for Jake Arrieta, who pitched in a minor league game earlier in the day. It would be excellent if he stays healthy and effective at AAA Iowa, harnessing his command a bit, and giving the Cubs a really nice fill-in option should the need develop over the course of the season.
  • The aforementioned bullpen damage came just about exclusively off of Justin Grimm and Neil Ramirez, the latter of whom faced five batters and did not retire any of them. In his defense, it looks like only one ball was actually hit hard in that stretch, so it may have been a serious fluke. As for Grimm, he walked the first two guys he faced, eventually gave up a single and a homer thereafter.
  • Carl Edwards, Jr. pitched what was probably the Cubs’ best relief inning, walking one, but striking out two in a scoreless seventh.


  • Eyeball accounts on the game had Javy Baez playing really well in center field, making good catches and also throwing a runner out at second base.
  • Offensively, a number of the Cubs’ regulars had hits, but none that did a ton of damage (it would have been a bit of a frustrating regular season game in that regard). The biggest knock came from minor league infielder Jason Vosler, who hit a three-run homer late in the game. Vosler, 22, appears to mostly be a third baseman at this point, and crushed High-A in 157 plate appearances in 2015 after hitting so-so at the lower levels in the first half of 2015, and after being drafted (16th round) in 2014. He’ll probably head back to High-A to start the season, with a shot to show that his offensive breakout was real, but, until he does that, he’ll probably stay largely off your radar.


  • Kyle Schwarber stole a base, his first of the spring.
  • Some miscellaneous stuff from that earlier-in-the-day minor league game, if you missed it on Twitter:




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