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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 9, Dodgers 3 – Bryant Grand, Candelario Hot, Respect Bald

Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

Clearly, the Cubs were just saving their “winning” Spring Training baseball for a serious opponent.

In today’s Game Six re-up by Kyle Hendricks, the Cubs beat the Dodgers 9-3 on the strength of a huge day from Jeimer Candelario, a Kris Bryant grand slam, and a couple scoreless innings from Hendricks.

  • Despite the big score, it was mostly a gettin’-in-work kind of day, with Hendricks and Brett Anderson, who followed with two innings, pounding the zone. It resulted in three hits and a couple earned runs off of Anderson, but you know by now that we aren’t really concerned with that kind of thing at this time of year. Keep that guy healthy, and the rest will fall into place.
  • Meanwhile, the Cubs saw three of their key relievers make debuts in this one – Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, and Carl Edwards Jr. – with Edwards stealing the show, striking out all three of the batters he faced swinging.
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  • Jeimer Candelario had a single, a double, and a triple on the day, the latter of which turned into a little league homer:

  • It remains the case that Candelario is gonna hit. We’ll see precisely where he hits through the 2017 season, as he is still primarily a third baseman (today, he played first base, but obviously not much help for him there, either).
  • Jason Heyward … did not get a hit again. He worked decent plate appearances, as he does, but the rip shot contact just isn’t there. Right now.
  • Kyle Schwarber gave everyone a heart attack making a hard running catch into the gap in left center as Jon Jay ran toward him, but the catch was made, there was no collision, and all is well.
  • Finally got a look at Seth Frankoff, the Cubs’ minor league signing in the offseason (from the Dodgers), who’d converted from the bullpen to starting late last year, and had a lot of success. He’s interesting. Gets a ton of movement on his pitches. Big guy with some nice downhill plane.

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  • Before the game, the Cubs had their annual Respect Bald event to support pediatric cancer research, with a couple of prospects going the extra mile to shave off literal years of work of hair growth. Pierce Johnson and Taylor Davis raised a ton of money from their teammates to do this:

  • Some other shots:


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