Spring Training Miscellany: Cubs and Sox Tie, Taillon Cruises, Bats Thump Early
The Cubs lit into White Sox starter Mike Clevinger from the jump, in what might be the final tuneup for the regulars (who all departed after a few innings). From there, the scoring slowed on the Cubs’ side, and the White Sox came back to tie it. That was that. An exhibition game tie. As thrilling as it gets.
- The early scoring:
- Jameson Taillon capped off his spring with ZERO walks. Not just today. The entire spring
- Bullpen regulars Julian Merryweather, Adbert Alzolay, Michael Rucker, and Michael Fulmer got in their work after Taillon, and though the first three were more or less fine and normal, it was a rough go for Fulmer. No command (unless he was trying to throw everything middle-middle), and he got hammered by some youngsters who were hunting for mistakes. Good on them, and let’s just hope Fulmer was getting it out of his system.
- Dansby Swanson not only hit his second homer in as many games, but he pulled this one a little bit – timing is getting back:
- Yan Gomes has been hitting the bajesus out of the ball this spring. The one he hit today was foul, but it went about 500 feet. Old gent still has some thump.
- Speaking of guys who’ve been hitting the bajesus out of the ball, another rocket double for Edwin Rios today. Probably 110 mph off the bat. Please find a way to start this guy at least 3 out of every 4 games.