Spring Training Miscellany: Fly the T Again, Hendricks Early Homer, Caratini's Crushing, More

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Spring Training Miscellany: Fly the T Again, Hendricks Early Homer, Caratini’s Crushing, More

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The Cubs tied again today, which is always permissible in Spring Training. Kyle Hendricks allowed a two-run homer to scorching hot Brandon Belt in the first, but assuredly he will stop doing the first inning home run thing this year, right? Ultimately, he allowed one other earned run in his 5.2 innings of work.

  • On the bullpen front, Allen Webster and Brad Brach pitched the final two innings in perfect fashion, with a strikeout apiece. Brandon Kintzler allowed a couple hits when he came into a dirty inning, but struck out two. Brian Duensing cleaned up for Kyle Hendricks in the 6th, but gave up a hit and a walk in the 7th and was pulled.
  • If you’ve been wondering where Steve Cishek is:

  • Meh. He’s fine. Save the bullets.
  • Albert Almora, Jr. said hello to old friend Jeff Samardzija by leading the game off with a homer, the second time he’s done that this Spring.
  • Victor Caratini also greeted Samardzija with a big boom:

  • Caratini had another hit in the game, and has his spring OPS up over 1.000.
  • It was fun that Cubs outfield prospect Kevonte Mitchell – a paragon of raw power that he’s working on actualizing in games – got a late homer in this one to get the Cubs the tie.

  • Kind outfielder Kris Bryant:

  • Family visits for a good dude:


  • Bryce Harper, still very strong:


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