That was about as enjoyable of an opening day that you could have. The Cubs were unrelenting at the plate as they routinely pushed Richards off his game by working deep counts and not getting themselves out. They also had Jake Arrieta on the mound, so they only needed one, enjoy the highlights from last night.
Arrieta’s Strong Start
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That sound off the bat is so very sweet. Jorge Soler has been bringing the power this spring, not many other balls are falling right now, but he’s got the power stroke down.
Baseball during the day is so very nice, even if it doesn’t count yet. Pierce Johnson takes the mound for the Cubs today as they open their home portion of the spring schedule. Here is how they will line up, I believe the game is on MLB.tv with a subscription, and Cubs.com has the audio.
- Fowler CF
- Zobrist 2B
- Heyward RF
- Baez 1B
- Victorino DH
- Russell SS
- La Stella 3B
- Ross C
- Perez LF
SP – Pierce Johnson
On a personal note, Pierce Johnson is one of my favorite players, rooting hard for him. Go Cubs!
It wasn’t the desired result for the Cubs but there were plenty of things to like in the Cubs spring training opener today against the Brewers. Travis Wood, Kyle Hendricks, Clayton Richard, Rex Brothers, C.J. Riefenhauser, and Spencer Patton combined to four hit the Brewers while walking one, and striking out thirteen. The bats were slow to get going in this one as the Cubs group of hitters could only push across one run on seven hits. Javier Baez got the start in center today, and struggled in the early going. He played an out (maybe a double) into a triple right off the bat, then one hitter later he dropped a fly ball, it’ll get better.
Some of today’s standouts: