Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win 2-1, Chatwood Dominates, Dingers Carry the Day

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win 2-1, Chatwood Dominates, Dingers Carry the Day

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In their second game of the split-squad day, the Cubs hosted their first night game of the season at Sloan Park, and – on a Tuesday night – it was a record-setting affair.

That’s a Cubs record and a Cactus League record and a really good Friday night for the Rays.

Meanwhile …

  • The Cubs won that nightcap 2-1 over the Giants on the strength of solo homers by Ian Happ and Addison Russell. For Happ, it was his fifth homer on the spring, just one behind the league leader, Jason Kipnis, and already matched his homer-binge total from last spring. Interestingly, that five spot did not lead the Cubs last spring – instead, that honor went to Russell and Willson Contreras, each of whom had six, and each of whom also homered yesterday. (Contreras’s monster shot was in the earlier game.)
  • Tyler Chatwood was the Cubs’ starting pitcher last night, and like the other four guys in the rotation, he seems extremely ready for the regular season to get underway:

  • For a guy with fantastic stuff, Chatwood has never been a strikeout pitcher – his strikeout rate has never started with a two. Last night, of course, shouldn’t change your expectations on that front, but at 28 years old with great stuff, another year removed from Tommy John surgery, and joining a new organization with a great pitching infrastructure? Seeing some uptick in his strikeout rate would not at all be surprising.
  • (That said, the game featured 23 strikeouts overall and just two walks. It’s possible it was a particularly generous strike zone.)
  • Brandon Morrow, Carl Edwards Jr., and Brian Duensing all pitched scoreless innings in this one.
  • Victor Caratini was already not going to win the back-up catcher job without an injury to Chris Gimenez (or heaven forbid Willson Contreras), which means the Cubs can definitely play it very cautious with this:

  • The game featured a special first pitch:

  • From a Spring Training game across the country, Willians Astudillo has thrown down the gauntlet for Willson Contreras:


Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.