Like yesterday, the Cubs put on an offensive show in Las Vegas, while the other Cubs lost a game back in Arizona. Unlike yesterday, we’ve got a tornado warning situation going on at my house, so you’ll have to forgive me for a brief Miscellany …
- Which stings a little, because I want to have so much fun with what the Cubs did to the Reds in Las Vegas:
Cubs lead Reds 22-4 in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/CQYZSgbSSX
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) March 26, 2017
- We talked about the Cubs’ 6-run first inning earlier, and I did not anticipate that the team would add another 16 runs after that. The Reds must’ve felt like it was a regular season game.
- Kyle Schwarber left the game during that first inning – don’t panic! he looked fine! – after taking a walk. It appeared to be a planned departure situation, after playing each of the last two days (let him get an at bat for the Vegas crowd, and then take him out). His replacement, outfield prospect Bijan Rademacher, did his best Schwarber impression by going 3-5 and hitting a daggone grand slam.
- Albert Almora, Jr. had a huge game, with TWO home runs and a double. Yes. Give me all the Almora with power.
- Homers by the Cubs against the Reds in Vegas, where the ball really flies: Rizzo, Almora, Almora, Rademacher, Charcer Burks. The Cubs also had seven doubles in the game.
- Eddie Butler started that game in Las Vegas, and, although he gave up seven hits in 4.2 innings, he allowed only two earned runs. The seven groundouts are nice, though he notched just one strikeout against one walk.
- Alec Mills got knocked around by the Padres, who were led by Jabari Blash, who had three hits (two off of Mills), including a grand slam (not off of Mills – a thing!). Mills managed three strikeouts in his three innings of work and just one walk, but the six hits did four earned runs worth of damage. He’ll still be headed to AAA Iowa to open the season, likely in the rotation. Some believe Mills’ likely big league future is in the bullpen, but the Cubs will give him every chance to remain starting depth right now.
- If spring results did tell you a lot, then you’d think Koji Uehara is going to be ready to rock when the season starts, as he’s had a fantastic first spring with the Cubs. He added another scoreless, 1 K inning today.
- Jason Heyward had an odd game, with three plate appearances and no at bats. That’s because he walked all three times he came to the plate.
- In the face of developing trade rumors, Matt Szczur was 0-4 today with a strikeout, though he did reach base on an error and steal a base.
- The starting pitcher for the Padres was old friend Trevor Cahill, who went five innings with four walks and eight strikeouts. Just two hits and two unearned runs. Have a great year, Trevor.