Organizational Recap – Flashy Leather
- Rizzo hit his 1st HR, a shot that left the bat at 105 MPH and went over 400 feet to get the party started on offense for the Cubs. Rizzo has improved so much overall but also has really hit lefties pretty well over the past 3 seasons after hitting .208 and .189 his first 2 years as a Cub against southpaws.
- Russell should be arrested for the cruelty he showed to the baseball on his HR, he hit it out 110 MPH and it left the stadium to Waveland for around a 430 foot bomb. It was also his first.
- I must say, I really like Russell hitting 4th behind Bryant and Rizzo, more so over Zobrist, in fact my perfect lineup my be Schwarber, Zobrist, Bryant, Rizzo, Russell, Contreras, Heyward, Pitcher, Almora/Jay
- This defense that the Cubs run out day in and day out is truly something to behold. As Buster Olney tweeted this Cubs defense just finds ways to get unexpected outs during every game.
- The OF defense was led by some great catches by Almora to rob the Dodgers of extra bases and Heyward also contributed with a solid effort in the 1st inning. Kyle Schwarber even almost got in on the fun with a juggling catch up against the wall, but he juggled it just enough for it touch the wall and be ruled a double instead. (Video Below)
- Javy Baez did Javy things as well, turning a double play on a soft liner that he had to leave his feet for in the 7th inning.
- Brett Anderson was…um, effective? He scraped through 5 innings of work unscathed, thanks to the defense and also around 4 walks (including one to the pitcher, which is almost unforgivable).
- It is ok though, he barely has pitched since 2015, his game is getting groundouts and he did that today with 7 groundouts versus only 4 flyouts. Now he just needs to not walk people and he could go a littler deeper.
- The Pen was mighty today, with Carl Edwards Jr. pitching 2 solid inning as a bounce back from his last 2 walk-no outs recorded outing.
- In that outing he threw 11 pitches, 3 for strikes, today he rebounded to 20 pitches with 14 for strikes.
- Koji Uehara pitched another scoreless frame to give him 4.2 scoreless to start the year.
- Wade Davis worked around a leadoff double but retired the next 3 guys to close out the “W”
- I’m not huge on using a closer in non-save situations, especially one with questionable health like Davis, but he does need work to keep sharp and it was a low stress environment at least
- It was a nice luxury to have Matt Szczur to bring into the game in the 8th in LF to give the Cubs probably their best defensive OF with Szczur in LF, Almora in CF, and Heyward in RF.
- That will undoubtedly be the way many games finish this season and it makes a ton of sense.
Not that Bad of Things
- Obviously not much to harp on from another series victory and if I have anything to really complain about maybe it would be Schwarber’s baserunning gaffes. He was thrown out stealing in the 1st right before Rizzo went deep and then he decided to try and score from 3rd on a ball that got maybe 15 feet away from the base with the Dodgers backing things up well.
- He wasn’t clearly out at home, but still not sense in risking the out and injury at this point in the year.
- Again though, no harm, no foul here, glad he is being aggressive early and looks to be 100% recovered from the ACL.
AAA – Iowa Cubs Won 5 to 2
SP – Aaron Brooks – 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
2B – Ian Happ – 2 for 4, HR, RBI
AA – Tennessee Smokies Won 8 to 7
SP – Jen-Ho Tseng – 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
3B – Andrew Ely – 3 for 4, 2B
A-Adv – Myrtle Beach Pelicans Won 4 to 0
SP – Justin Steele – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
2B – Carlos Sepulveda – 3 for 4, R
A – South Bend Cubs Lost 3 to 2
SP – Dylan Cease – 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
DH – Jhonny Pereda – 2 for 4