Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Brewers, Are the Champions of the First Day

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Beat Brewers, Are the Champions of the First Day

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I somehow forgot to mention it before the game started, but today’s game was actually a re-do of Game 163 between the Cubs and Brewers, so, with their 8-4 victory, the Cubs are now the 2018 NL Central champions! Pour the champagne!

Kris Bryant went deep in his first Spring at bat, Jason Heyward led off the game with a hit, and Daniel Descalso started earning his top-free-agent-signing keep with a two-run single. On the pitching side, Matt Carasiti – who came back to the Cubs after a year in Japan – struck out three in his inning of work. Oscar De La Cruz, who is not eligible to pitch for another month or so as he wraps up his PED suspension, threw a scoreless 9th.

Other bits from today …

  • Cubs are definitely going all the way:

  • Joe Maddon got directly into the work today before the game:

  • About that term:

  • Champions of the first day of Spring Training:



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.