Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win the Opener, Fans in the Stands, Game Highlights

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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Win the Opener, Fans in the Stands, Game Highlights

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The Chicago Cubs are undefeated in the Cactus League! Hooray for baseball-ish!

Today the Cubs beat the Padres 1-0 in a seven-inning Spring Training affair, with each of Kyle Hendricks, Shelby Miller, Rex Brothers, Joe Biagini, Tyson Miller, and Trevor Megill each pitching a scoreless inning (well, two for Hendricks). And in full proof that Spring Training is not normal baseball, Brothers was the only Cubs pitcher not to allow a walk or record a strikeout. Totally normal stuff.

Hendricks cruised through his two innings of work, as you’d generally expect (the results matter not much, but they were solid). Helped out on a double play and struck out old friend Victor Caratini, too:

Here’s how the Cubs scored their one run on the day:

Ian Miller is extremely fast, so just about any bunt of his could be a bunt for a hit, but … that was really a legit sac bunt. In the first Spring Training game. All righty.

Clearly, Javy Báez is back and ready and good to go:

Not much video available on Shelby Miller’s debut performance, and when you give up a double to the center field wall to a recently-drafted prospect, that’ll show up:

A deep oppo fly ball for Brennen Davis, and I’ll take what I can get:

The game was the Cubs’ first in front of fans in nearly a year, and just over 1600 took in this one. Enough to make some sounds, but not so many that you couldn’t still hear things like this apparently:

Old friends:



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.