Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 7, Brewers 7 – Dingers for Cubs, Hiding Stuff, Special Guests, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs 7, Brewers 7 – Dingers for Cubs, Hiding Stuff, Special Guests, More

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It was another beautiful day today!

Well not in Chicago, of course. It’s freezing there. It’s always freezing there. But in sunny Arizona (where I am right now, sucka!), it was a beautiful day, perfect for baseball:

As for today’s game … ALL THE TIES!

The game was a moral victory for the Cubs, since they managed to hold the Brewers to under 24 runs (not every team can say that). It was not an actual victory, though, since the team – once again! – gave up a late lead. Jose Rosario was tasked with closing things out, but couldn’t find the strike zone, and then a hit and an errant throw by Eloy Jimenez allowed the tying and lead runs to score in the 9th. So, again, not the guys who’ll be tasked with closing out games come April, but you’d still rather not see this keep happening, all else equal. At least a Chris Dominguez homer in the bottom of the 9th salvaged a tie.

Nevertheless, there were highlights …

  • Kris Bryant went deep in the first inning, though we don’t presently have video. The Cubs Insider folks did share video of Willson Contreras’s subsequent opposite field shot, though:

  • Are my eyes deceiving me, or does the ball completely wipe a dude out in right center? Watch carefully.
  • Jason Heyward had a couple hits, so all of his Spring Training hits thus far have come in two games multi-hit games. Do that in the regular season for, say, 50% of your games, and it would be a pretty good year!
  • Hybrid fifth starter symbiote Brett Anderson-Mike Montgomery pitched six innings today, with each pitcher giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk. Anderson was dinked-and-dunked a bit, getting mostly groundballs. Montgomery got hit a bit harder, and I wonder out loud – with absolutely no statistical basis for this whatsoever (yet) – whether low spin rate guys have less success out here in these conditions, when pitches generally aren’t moving as much anyway. Sorry for the wild speculation there, but it just popped into my head, and it’s Spring Training for writers, too.
  • Two of the Cubs’ young relievers just on the outside looking in had good days today, with Felix Pena striking out two in a clean inning, and Pierce Johnson striking out three (one walk) in his inning. Each guy is very likely to see time at some point in the big league pen this year, but there probably won’t be a spot there to open the season unless there’s an injury or two.
  • Brewers starter Kyle Davies gave up all of the damage today to the Cubs, but he had an interesting point to make after the game:

  • Many see Davies as a breakout candidate in the mold of Kyle Hendricks, so he’s probably better than he showed today. But was he intentionally doing things to mislead Cubs hitters? Kind of an interesting suggestion, eh? I tend to think he wouldn’t quite throw away a spring start for those purposes – he has to get ready, after all – but, like he said, maybe he hid a pitch or two.
  • It’s technically not Spring Training-related, but Cubs prospect Jon Andreoli used the World Baseball Classic as his pre-season tune-up this year, and he turned heads:

  • Andreoli should be back with the Cubs shortly, as his Italian team was sadly eliminated. And speaking of the World Baseball Classic, former Cubs closer and current Cubs reliever Hector Rondon is set to join team Venezuela, now that they’ve moved on in the tournament. According to Mark Gonzales, Rondon will leave Cubs’ camp this afternoon and head to San Diego to join up with his teammates. He’s expectedly excited:

  • So long as he pitches wisely and stays healthy, there’s nothing wrong with some added Spring adrenaline.
  • Looks like the Cubs ate well today:

  • The Cubs had a special guest in house today:

  • And there are a ton of shots of his time around camp:

  • If you’re going to learn how to play baseball at age 38, it may as well be from one of the greats:

  • Or one of the future greats:

  • And you may as well use one of the luckiest bats in the history of baseball:

  • Cubs manager Joe Maddon is looking groovy as ever:

Michael Cerami contributed to this post.


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.