We have our first split-squad recap of Spring Training! Although neither game was the result Cubs fans wanted, we at least did not lose to the dreaded White Sox. The Cubs flew the “T” in Game One of Two on Saturday, tying 4-4 with the White Sox, and then lost 6-5 to the Dodgers in Game Two of the Day.
Cubs 4, White Sox 4
Cael Brockmeyer: 1 AB, 1 H (HR), 1 R, 1 RBI
Victor Caratini: 2 AB, 1 H (HR), 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Kyle Schwarber: 3 AB, 1 H, 1 R
Kyle Hendricks: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 7 SO
How it Happened
Both sides failed to score in the first two innings, but in the third, Victor Caratini homered on a live drive to center for a 1-0 Cubs lead. The South Siders would score in the next two innings following Caratini’s homer, and led 2-1 after five innings. The Cubs matched the White Sox, putting up runs in the sixth and seventh innings to reclaim the lead, 3-2. In the top of the 8th, a rather familiar name, Eloy Jimenez homered that scored two runs, and the White Sox found themselves with a 4-3 lead going into the final 6 outs. Then in the bottom of the ninth when it looked like the Cubs were going to lose, Cael Brockmeyer had a huge answer with a solo-homer into right-center that tied the game 4-4 in what would be the final score. The Cubs couldn’t come back after that and win, but they didn’t lose either.
One Great Moment
We are just going to show the Cael Brockmeyer home run because after the White Sox rallied and thought they had the game in the bag going into the ninth, Cael homered on the first pitch from Rob Scahill that would send this one to a tie. That moment will easily be our “One Great Moment” for this game.
Arguably the biggest home run hit in today’s game. pic.twitter.com/hx6YspS9qc
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 10, 2018
Cubs 5, Dodgers 6
Peter Bourjos: 3 AB, 2 H, 1 R, 2 RBI
D.J. Wilson: 2 AB, 1 H, 1 R
Chris Pieters: 1 AB, 1 H, 1 RBI
Eddie Butler: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 SO
How it Happened
Just what we expected Joe Maddon to do, the second game of the double-header featured many minor-league players, and Maddon plugged in a few 25-man roster guys into the mix. The Cubs would get on the board first in the second game when Addison Russell was out on a sac-fly to right field that scored Peter Bourjos for a 1-0 lead. Later in just the bottom of the inning, the Dodgers got on the board with 2 runs and the Cubs had a 2-1 deficit. It would be in the 5th inning when the Cubs reclaimed the lead, scoring 3 runs for a 4-2 lead. The lead grew to 5-2 going into the bottom of the 7th inning, but the Dodgers tied it up and then took the lead in the ninth to ultimately win the game.
One Great Moment
It’s hard to have “One Great Moment” in a loss, but minor-league Peter Bourjos had his second amazing catch that basically robbed a home run. Pictured in the left, Bourjos made the incredible catch over the left field Dodgers bullpen.
Our collection of Peter Bourjos leaping catch at the wall pics is really coming along nice, thanks for asking. pic.twitter.com/RkQL0gV3Ic
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 11, 2018
The Cubs lost one game today and tied in the other, meaning nothing bad has really transpired. At this point, there is no reason to be upset that they didn’t win twice today after rattling off all these wins, but Spring Training is finally catching up and they are more focused for the regular season rather than being loose.
The Cubs will face the Athletics at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, their former Spring Training home, on Sunday at 3:05 PM Central.