The Cubs beat the Reds 5-4, proving that sometimes Spring Training really is like the regular season.
- Jon Lester pitched into the 7th inning in this one, his longest tuneup for Opening Day. He figures to throw a side session of some kind before facing the Marlins on March 28. As for how the tuneup went, Lester pounded the zone, yielding nine hits, but just one walk, one run, and struck out six. Of note, Lester yielded just one stolen base in the game, with Willson Contreras reminding the Reds – twice – that if they try to run on him, even with Lester on the mound, Contreras can still gun them out.
- I’m also going to guess that Lester wasn’t showing the Reds too much in this one, given that he’s lined up to face them in his second start of the season, in just two weeks. Heck, against some batters, he may very well have been setting up tendencies only to later break them.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 20, 2018
- Also, Spring or not, this is still super impressive:
Lester has gotten Votto to ground out 3 times. To SS, 1b and P. Victory. Or would be if this wasn't spring
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) March 20, 2018
- Anthony Bass finally got back into game action, but it didn’t go so smoothly, as he got the first two outs of the 8th inning, but then allowed three hits before being removed. Kyle Ryan – also still in the bullpen mix, but less discussed – wound up finishing off the game.
- Every position player in this one except Ryan Court had exactly one hit.
- You mean great grandson:
— Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) March 20, 2018