Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Split Two, Darvish Pitches Well, Prospects Get Action, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Split Two, Darvish Pitches Well, Prospects Get Action, More

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The Cubs played a couple games yesterday, winning the first at Sloan over the Mariners (well, the Mariners who aren’t presently in Japan opening the season), and dropping the second against the Royals in Surprise. That’s a city. Not a weird way to end a sentence before a clown jumps out of a cake or something.

You already know the biggest “news” out of those games, and it’s Yu Darvish leaving early with a blister, about which he is not terribly concerned. He pitched well before that:

Other bits from the games …

  • Young Cubs pitchers in the second game were pretty wild (or the zone was especially tight), as just about everyone logged at least one walk. Thomas Hatch got the start and struggled badly, allowing all eight of the Royals’ runs in his two innings. What was most interesting about the scoreless relief innings that followed was probably not the walks, though, it was the identities of the guys who pitched them: Allen Webster, Randy Rosario, Dillon Maples, Rowan Wick, James Norwood, and Jordan Minch. Grouped together perhaps because they’re all guys who could be depth relief contributors this year? Even if that wasn’t the intent, you can certainly see it.
  • Top prospect Miguel Amaya got into the second game after Victor Caratini, and he notched a hit. Fun stuff.
  • Speaking of Caratini:

  • Mark Zagunis just keeps tantalizing me with the Spring power … he homered *again,* his fourth on the Spring:

  • One more highlight from that game, as Johnny Field lives up to his name:

  • Meanwhile, in the game at Sloan, Nico Hoerner had a triple, because of course he did. And Cole Roederer went deep in his first Spring Training at bat.
  • The good news from that game was Willson Contreras returning to the starting lineup (finger), throwing out a runner, and notching a hit. Hopefully that really was not much of an injury.
  • Brad Brach pitched the 9th, allowing a walk and a homer and notching one strikeout. Sure hope he’s OK for the first month of the season.
  • There was some weird beanball type stuff in this one:

  • Tyler Chatwood pitched a perfect 8th inning with three straight groundouts.

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