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Rocket Homers for Jimenez and Happ, WBC Excitement, and Other Bullets

Chicago Cubs News, Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

With apologies, you probably noticed there was no Spring Training Miscellany last evening after the Cubs’ win over the Rockies, so I’ll amend that here in these Bullets. It was probably the time change. Somehow. Yeah. That was it …

  • The Cubs held on late this time to win a Spring Training game, after three strong innings from Jon Lester, who talked after the game about being glad he was able to go three innings as he works up his arm strength, as well as having the opportunity to work in some jams. Lester also got an assist from Willson Contreras, who threw out a runner trying to steal (remember that, other teams!).
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  • Regular relievers Pedro Strop, Hector Rondon, and Carl Edwards Jr. each got in an inning of work, followed by lefty Caleb Smith, who worked a clean inning. Rather than following Lester, Eddie Butler was given the final two innings of the game (which makes sense, because you’d rather have your regular relievers facing the big leaguers before they’re taken out), and he cruised with five groundouts and one fly out. He was reportedly sitting at 95mph with his fastball, which would be very nice, especially if he’s getting that good sinking action.
  • The damage for the Cubs came via a trio of homers, first, Kyle Schwarber’s moon shot. And then you had top Cubs prospects Eloy Jimenez and Ian Happ tagging into the game so they could take turns firing off rocket homers to basically the same spot (thanks to Cubs Insider for sharing the videos on YouTube):


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