Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Lose in the 9th, Hendricks Cruises, Caratini Returns

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Lose in the 9th, Hendricks Cruises, Caratini Returns

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The Cubs fell out of first place in the Cactus League! Where are the mid-Spring trade reinforcements!?!? Or should the Cubs sell off to acquire the best AAA veterans so they can compete next year in March?

I kid, but the team the Cubs fell behind? The Brewers. *DUN DUN DUNNNNNNNNNNN*

The Cubs dropped this one 3-2 to the Diamondbacks, with Steven Perakslis blowing the save in the 9th inning, giving up a couple solo homers. Here’s hoping Brandon Morrow has better luck closing things out in the regular season.

  • Kyle Hendricks got in his longest tuneup start, going six nearly flawless innings. He allowed just three hits and one run, while striking out seven and giving up no walks. He’s ready. He even said after the game that it felt like the most normal game he’s had (yeah, I’d take that as his normal).
  • Lefty Kyle Ryan, competing with many others for a bullpen spot, pitched the other two scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk, and striking out one.
  • The Cubs got their two runs on a homer by Jason Heyward (off of lefty Robbie Ray). I wish had video, and maybe we will eventually. Not that it would necessarily tell us much, since we’d just do silly things like this:

  • Victor Caratini (knee) got back into action today, so that was good to see. He’s not going to be the Cubs’ back-up catcher out of the gate, barring injury, but his success developing at AAA behind the plate, and when he shuttles up and down, will go a long way to helping the Cubs feel confident that next year maybe he could be the back-up (or he could emerge as a trade chip too valuable to hold onto as a back-up).
  • That entire game featured just one walk and 17 strikeouts. Umpire wanted to keep it nice and “springy”.
  • Something excellent the Cubs started doing each Spring Training:

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