Morning News: Kris Bryant goes deep and Cubs make impact in World Baseball Classic
World Baseball Classic Update
The day started off with a bang giving us some truly exciting World Baseball Classic games. Japan and the Netherlands battled into extra innings before Sho Nakata hit a two run single to take the lead and Kazuhisa Makita closed it out. Japan now is 1-0 in the second round of the Classic.
The Dominican Republic pulled out some more late game heroics as they took down Colombia in 11 innings and now have a 3-0 record in the first round and will be advancing to the next round.
Puerto Rico dominated Italy 9-3 and both sides featured Cubs players. Baez had another solid day going 2 for 5 and an RBI. Cubs AAA outfielder and potential bench option John Andreoli did make an impact for Italy as he hit his second home run in the WBC.
The late games included USA v.s. Canada and Mexico v.s. Venenzuela.
Cubs v.s. Athletics
We got a good look at another potential regular season lineup for the Cubs.
Schwarber looked good going 2-4 and taking a walk but Bryant really stole the show going 2 for 3 with a home run. It was also good to see Chesny Young go 2 for 2 and continue to look like a future MLB utility option. Arrieta got the nod and struck out 5 while walking 3 and giving up 1 earned run. The pitching staff looked good until Williams Perez came in and gave up 4 runs and unfortunately Rob Zastryzny got shelled as well. In the end the Cubs dropped the game 8 to 9 but the offense looked good.
News Around the League
The Rockies suffered a setback as Ian Desmond suffered a left hand fracture.
Julio Urias will start the season in AAA to keep him fresh for a potential playoff run for the dodgers.
Jason Kipnis will likely miss the beginning of the season with shoulder soreness.
Things to Watch Today
The Cubs face off against the San Diego Padres at 3:10 PM Central Time as John Lackey takes the mound.