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Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs Over Indians 4-3, Great Day for Jake, Strikeouts Aplenty

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Obligatory joke about the Cubs topping the Indians 4-3. Cubs didn’t come back from down 3-1 this time, though.

The Cubs got their runs on a monster homer by David Bote in the opening inning, and then a three-run shot later from Jake Marisnick:

Great day out there for Jake Arrieta, who got the results, but also just looked really good. The curveball, in particular, was really sharp and got some ugly swings.

Arrieta is feeling really good:


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Dillon Maples was pounding the strike zone, and was ONE pitch away from an Immaculate Inning (9 pitches, 9 strikes, inning over), but he didn’t get a check swing call, and then he hit a guy, and then he gave up a run-scoring double. And then, to really cap off the full Dillon Maples Experience, he struck out the last batter on a pitch that hit him:

The Indians must’ve been flailing today – and also the zone was maybe a touch generous – because not only did Arrieta and Maples get a bunch of Ks, Keegan Thompson struck out three in his inning, Brandon Workman struck out two, Jason Adam struck out two, and Trevor Megill struck out one. A total of 16 strikeouts for Cubs pitchers against just one walk.

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.