Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Rockies 5-4, Happ Crushes AGAIN, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Rockies 5-4, Happ Crushes AGAIN, More

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Back to their winning Spring ways – the Cubs took today’s game from the Rockies 5-4 thanks to a Ryan Court homer in the 9th inning.

You know who freaking loves Spring Training? Ian Happ freaking loves Spring Training.

  • In addition to hitting his fourth home run of the Spring already, which makes him tied for the second most dingers in baseball right now, Happ also added aa single and a leadoff double, which was an absolute rocket:

  • And as Brett pointed out, that brings his slash line for the Spring up to .471/.500/1.294 … which is good for a 1.794 OPS. Obviously we’re talking about a tiny sample size here, but that’s impressive for any player, let alone a 23-year-old switch-hitter who can play center field and second base, run well, and is entering just his first full big league season in 2018.
  • And speaking of his switch-hitting abilities:

  • Happ was better from the left side of the plate last season, which fits well in a platoon with Albert Almora, but if he’s making improvements on both sides of the plate, that bat might be too potent to keep out of the lineup very long.
  • Outside of Happ, the Cubs managed nine other hits and five walks. No one had a multi-hit game, but Schwarber did lace a double and Rizzo hit his second homer of the Spring (and also a drew one of those walks):

  • Needless to say, the Cubs hitters were impressing many:

  • From the pitching side of things, Kyle Hendricks tossed three innings today and allowed two earned runs on three hits, but gave up zero free passes and struck out four. That’s a fine Spring start for a veteran starter like Hendricks.
  • Brian Duensing got in after Hendricks and tosses a scoreless inning of his own. And Eddie Butler got some action, but did allow three hits and two earned runs in his inning of work. He remains fully in the 7th/8th starter zone.
  • Pitching prospect Oscar De La Cruz threw a scoreless 9th (2 Ks, 1 BB) for the save.
  • Keeping with the pitchers for a minute, you can watch new Cubs coach Brian Butterfield discussing Jon Lester’s inability to throw to first base here:

  • I know it’s not necessarily Cubs-related, but this catch from Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton has my jaw on the ground:

  • Here’s some other sights and sounds from the day:


  • It was also Kyle Schwarber’s 25th birthday today:

  • … So I had a little fun:

Brett Taylor contributed to this post.

Author: Michael Cerami

Michael Cerami covers the Chicago Cubs, Bears, and Bulls at Bleacher Nation. You can find him on Twitter @Michael_Cerami