Spring Training Miscellany: Darvish Too Nasty, Almora Homers, Morrow Brings the Heat, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Darvish Too Nasty, Almora Homers, Morrow Brings the Heat, More

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It was an eventful Spring Training debut for Yu Darvish, who introduced himself to the Cubs with the following first inning:

Wild pitch
Stolen base
Wild pitch

He would go on to pitch a clean second inning with another strikeout. Most importantly, his arm did not fall off at any point, so it was a successful first go. I’m going to assume he was just too nasty out there, and Willson Contreras will adjust (in terms of those wild pitches).

  • As for the rest of the game, the Cubs exploded on the Dodgers for six in the first inning – still pissed about the NLCS, apparently – including an RBI double by Javy Baez, and a two-run homer by Albert Almora. After that, they added two runs in the fifth (the first of which came after a walk, a stolen base, a throwing error, and a fielders choice) and another in the seventh.
  • The Dodgers rallied for a run in the 9th (on an inside-the-parker, no less), but it wasn’t enough, and the Dodgers fell to the Cubs 9-5.
  • I see Yu:

  • Albert Almora departed the game in the fourth inning after suffering an apparent injury in the outfield. Hopefully this is all it was:

  • Almora also made a spectacular catch in center field (video hopefully at some point):

  • Brandon Morrow made his Cubs debut in this one, and he was bringing the gas:


  • He gave up a couple hits and a run in his inning, but the “keep that arm healthy” caveat applies. Steve Cishek got blown up a bit in his inning of work, and the walks and homer suggest his command wasn’t there.
  • Elsewhere in the bullpen, Pedro Strop could soon make his Spring Training debut:

  • The full story on Tommy La Stella’s polo-and-khaki practice, courtesy of the front office:

  • The Cubs got a little motivation this morning from Al Pacino. I would have gone with “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone,” but maybe that doesn’t translate quite as well to baseball:

  • Carl:

  • Also, if you’re *really* desperate to watch more Cubs baseball-ish stuff:


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.