Cubs Beat the Twins to Wrap Their Exhibition Season

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Cubs Beat the Twins to Wrap Their Exhibition Season

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Hey, the Cubs *can* win a fake baseball game. Tonight, they held off the Twins 4-3 to wrap their brief exhibition season. The four runs came early on homers by Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, and Willson Contreras. Bonus? Ian Happ was summoned to fill in for Kris Bryant in the leadoff spot and reached base all three times he went to the plate (a hit and two walks).

Jon Lester got a warm-up start, and sure looked really good through 4.1 innings:

Mostly, you just want to see Lester healthy and building up his length, and now it’s looking like five innings will be possible for him right out of the gate if he’s efficient enough. That’s huge. Can’t wait to see what he’s got this year.

For what it’s worth, this is enticing:

Duane Underwood, Jr. impressed again tonight, with a dart of a fastball, his usual excellent changeup, and the curveball looking extremely sharp and commanded well. He really could be something this year:

Big lefty Brad Wieck got the save in this one with a couple strikeouts in a scoreless 9th. He was sitting 91 mph with his fastball (and I saw some 90) after being 93-94 mph last year. Not quite sure what’s up with that. He was still getting results.

More on the game soon, and more ON THE SEASON SOON BECAUSE IT IS COMING IN TWO DAYS.

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.