Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win Again, Chatwood Mixed Bag, Bote HBP, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win Again, Chatwood Mixed Bag, Bote HBP, More

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The Cubs remain undefeated, winning every single game of 2019 by four runs apiece. Watch out world and such.

Today’s win was sparked by an eight-run second inning as Madison Bumgarner unraveled. He hit David Bote in the head, and could register an out before he was bounced. The Cubs’ 9th run came later on a Johnny “Baseball Player” Field home run.

On the Cubs starting pitching side of things, Tyler Chatwood pitched two innings, yielding a two-run homer. He walked one and hit another batter (on what would have been ball four anyway), so it’s not as if it was a particularly clean two innings. He threw only about half of his pitches for strikes. We don’t have video on Chatwood’s outing, so you can really only listen to the eyes-on stuff:

  • Dillon Maples threw a clean inning with two strikeouts. You are reminded that a Maples who can command his fastball is an elite reliever, with a plus fastball and a plus-plus slider.
  • The non-Chatwood damage was given up by Duncan Robinson, who is scheduled to be a starting pitcher in the Iowa Cubs rotation this year. After that, the relievers – facing bench and depth guys on the Giants – were generally solid. Dakota Mekkes struck out two, Allen Webster threw two scoreless innings, and James Norwood threw a scoreless inning (albeit with two hits and a walk).
  • Here’s the David Bote hit by pitch and the ensuing walk off the field:

  • Preliminary tests looked good, for what it’s worth, but I’m sure we’ll hear more tomorrow and/or Tuesday.
  • Addison Russell made his spring debut, and was not really booed at the Giants’ park, for what it’s worth:

  • Joe Maddon is working in a fast pitch softball drill for the hitters:

  • Notes on a couple arms from yesterday’s game:

  • Bryant comin’:

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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.