Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Fall, Quintana Feels Good, Attire Shenanigans, Russell's Time, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Fall, Quintana Feels Good, Attire Shenanigans, Russell’s Time, More

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs lost to the Rockies today at Sloan Park 7-2, and former Cub Daniel Murphy did a lot of the damage. That included a dinger off of fellow lefty Jose Quintana, who otherwise managed a solid four frames of work.

  • Quintana was followed today exclusively by legitimate bullpen hopefuls, with Brandon Kintzler going 1.2 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out two. Brian Duensing, however, was unable to record even two outs before he was bounced. But, to be fair, he was not exactly getting lit up by rockets, and I’m not actually sure how much there is to take away from the outing (two of the guys who reached were on the kind of infield bouncers you TRY to get).
  • Still, it was fellow lefty bullpen competitor Kyle Ryan who had to come in to clean up that inning, and then he pitched another inning (allowing a solo homer, but it didn’t look like a bad pitch). The 9th belonged to Junichi Tazawa, who increasingly seems like a guy who is going to get the early call in the bullpen is there additional injuries and/or if the Cubs elect to let go of someone else under contract.
  • It was another very, very crowded day at the park:

  • Javy Baez busted out a swim move slide today, because ya gotta:


  • Johnny Field hit his third homer of the spring, and his name is now Johnny Bat:

  • You won’t see Addison Russell getting too much more game time from here on out, as Joe Maddon says he needs to focus on the guys who are breaking camp with the team (Bastian). Russell is suspended for the first month of the season as part of his agreed discipline for violating the league’s domestic violence policy.
  • One of Joe Maddon’s sayings that I really dig:


  • Taylor Davis just so much fun:


  • The Cubs got a visit from the leprechaun today on St. Patrick’s Day:

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.