Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Fall to Red Sox, Darvish is Fun, Almora Highlight, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Fall to Red Sox, Darvish is Fun, Almora Highlight, More

Chicago Cubs

Although the Cactus League slate is over, Spring Training still has a couple days left for the Cubs, who traversed the country and kinda joined the Grapefruit League for a couple games against the Red Sox. Tonight’s edition saw the Cubs lose 4-2.

  • Yu Darvish pitched just 3.0 innings in his final regular season tuneup (not unusual), as his pitch count inflated rapidly. He did not record a strikeout, which – even in an exhibition – seems impossible. I am wholly unmoved by that fact, however. Because exhibition. Also, he was still doing some fun stuff:


  • Speaking of Yu and fun:

  • Victor Caratini had the honors of catching Darvish in this one, fresh off being named the Cubs’ backup catcher. It wasn’t a great night behind the plate, though, as Caratini had some visible goofs, including the cardinal sin for a catcher – tossing one over the pitcher’s head:

  • Steve Cishek continued his near-flawless spring with another scoreless, two-strikeout inning. You are reminded: he was absolutely brilliant last year after a midseason trade to the Rays, where he worked with now-Cubs pitching coach Jim Hickey.
  • Justin Wilson rebounded from some recent outings with a scoreless, two-strikeout frame of his own.
  • Carl Edwards Jr. had gone all of Spring Training without issuing a walk – quite a feat for him – but unfortunately that control left him tonight, with two walks (to go with three hits and a couple runs given up). It would have been another run or more if not for Albert Almora nailing a runner at the plate:

  • Ian Happ had one hit in four tries, which was just enough to maintain his OPS lead (1.234) over Kyle Schwarber (1.119), who had a couple hits in three tries. None of that “matters,” mind you. It’s just kinda fun.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.