Summer Camp Miscellany: Lester and Relievers Dominated, Rizzo Takes Live BP

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Summer Camp Miscellany: Lester and Relievers Dominated, Rizzo Takes Live BP

Chicago Cubs

The Cubs were back at the intrasquad thing tonight, and it was Jon Lester’s game-ish debut. The big lefty dominated the nine batters he faced (28 pitches), striking out four, walking none, and allowing just one *maybe* hit (it was apparently a Nico Hoerner tapper that Lester decided to eat).

That was a microcosm of the game, as there were reportedly 26 strikeouts over the 6 and a half inning affair (Gonzales). Catchers must’ve been calling a might big zone ….

Casey Sadler, who is among the relief candidates who looked really impressive early in the spring, walked the first two batters he faced tonight (Kris Bryant and Ian Happ) and then struck out the next three in a row (Javy Báez, Willson Contreras, Steven Souza). Then he struck out two more in a perfect second inning of work. It was already a good bet he’d make the team – he has no options left – but with 30 players to start the season, he’s almost certainly going to be one of them.

Duane Underwood, another option-less reliever, struck out five straight batters at one point. Absolutely love his fastball-changeup combo (throws a nice curveball, too).

Rowan Wick struck out three in his perfect inning of work. I mean, really, up and down it was all dominant from the pitchers tonight. Hopefully that’s a great sign for the many relievers the Cubs need to rely on quickly this year (the bats have mostly be fine this Summer Camp), and not just an artifact of a big zone called by the catchers.

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Anthony Rizzo didn’t play in tonight’s game, but he did take live batting practice for the first time in about a week, facing Colin Rea. It went well, though obviously the question with anything like this is whether he wakes up tomorrow and his back still feels good.

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.