Almora did play Thursday night, so he is definitely not on the Taxi Squad. He is listed as the Cubs representative in the Bowman Hitting Challenge on Saturday night. Supposed to be one player from each of the six teams in some type of hitting skills contest?
Wes Darvill is on the Taxi Squad. Normally taxi squad members can only play on Wed. and Sat., but an exception is this week, where they will be able to play on Friday since there is no game on Saturday due to the Hitting Challenge thing.
At the game on Thursday, Soler and Bryant did not play. Almora played RF and had two hits including a 3 run triple in the ninth. His first hit was a soft infield topper that could have been an error (wide throw, a good would have had him for sure). On the base paths, he scored from 3rd on routine grounder to first, but it was a risky move by Albert. The fielder looked him back (he was almost half way home) and just as Almora turned and headed to third, with the first baseman turning to tag first, Almora spun around and sprinted home, just beating the throw. A perfect throw gets him, but chalk up a good and exciting running play by Albert. The more you see him, the more there seems to be to like!
Armando Rivero pitched a scoreless 9th with no walks or Ks.
The Solar Sox might be the team to beat this year!