These Cactus League updates are the last assessments of these players before the MLB regular seasons starts!
The exhibition season is nearly over, with just the weekend left.
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Sunday night is the first game of the 2015 Fantasy Baseball season, with the Cubs and Cardinals doing battle — minus one Kris Bryant. But that’s OK, we’ll get to see some of the guys we saw today.
Here’s a look back on Friday’s Cactus League Spring Training games:
Cactus League Updates
Arizona (5) vs. Chicago Cubs (1)
Jeremy Hellickson was on the mound for the Diamondbacks and tossed five innings of one-run ball, walking three while striking out three. Mark Trumbo led the way with two hits and two RBI on the day. The real story, however, was that the Diamondbacks trotted out their rumored Opening Day roster. Nick Ahmed started at short, Chris Owings started at second, going 1-for-3 at the play with his fifth stolen base of the spring, and Jake Lamb got the start at third base. Yasmany Tomas, who may start the season in the minors, played right field and went 0-for-1 on the day. While Aaron Hill, who is competing with Owings to be the Opening Day second baseman, entered the game as a pinch hitter and played third base. If this lineup plays out into the season, both Lamb and Owings get a nice bump in Fantasy value, as they will see regular at-bats to start the season.
The Cubs used Friday’s game to get their relief pitchers some extra work, as Edwin Jackson started the game, pitching one inning, allowing one run on two hits and striking out two. Including Jackson, the Cubs used eight relief pitchers through nine innings of play. Tommy La Stella got the start at second and went 1-for-3 on the day, while Arismendy Alcantara started at third base and recorded one hit in four at-bats.
Cincinnati (2) vs. Toronto (0)
Jason Marquis started for the Reds and pitched five innings, allowing one hit, while striking out three. Billy Hamilton started in center field and recorded two hits on the day. Skip Schumaker went 1-for-2 on the day with two RBI.
Mark Buehrle started for the Blue Jays and pitched four inning of three-hit ball, recording one strike out. Devon Travis, who seems to have won the Jays’ second-base job, started at second and went 1-for-3 at the plate.
Milwaukee (6) vs. Cleveland (3)
Wily Peralta started for the Brewers but lasted just 4.2 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out a pair. Scooter Gennett went 2-for-3 with three RBI at the dish. Jean Segura recorded two hits and two runs scored on the day. Carlos Gomez started in center field but went hitless on the day.
Carlos Carrasco started for the Indians but got hit around through just 2.1 innings of work. Carrasco allowed six runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two. Lonnie Chisenhall started at the hot corner and went 2-for-3 at the plate, recording two RBI and a run scored.
Seattle (5) vs. Colorado (4)
J.A. Happ started for the Mariners and pitched four innings, allowing just two hits, two walks, while striking out four. Rookie Gabby Guerrero went 1-for-2 with a solo homer on the day. Brad Miller, who won the shortstop battle, registered a triple and an RBI at the plate.
Jordan Lyles tossed just 1.1 innings for the Rockies, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks. Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-2 with a walk, RBI and run scored on the day. Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki both recorded a hit and an RBI at the plate.
Kansas City (11) vs. Houston (1)
Edinson Volquez took the mound for the Royals and pitched four strong innings, allowing just five hits while striking out seven. Mike Moustakas went 3-for-4 at the plate, recording one RBI, three runs scored and drawing two walks. Lorenzo Cain also recorded three hits on the day but drove in two RBI. Eric Hosmer recorded just one hit – his fourth home run of the spring.
Scott Feldman started for the Astros and pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out four. Evan Gattis started at DH and recorded two hits and crushed his second homer of the spring. George Springer went 1-for-4 at the plate and registered a caught stealing.
L.A. Angels (6) vs. L.A. Dodgers (0)
Andrew Heaney pitched 5.1 no-hit baseball, striking out three and walking three. Albert Pujols provided the thunder with a grand slam in the fifth innings, his fifth homer this spring. Third baseman David Freese went 2-for-3 on the day with a home run – his third of the spring.
Brandon McCarthy started for the Dodgers but lasted just three innings, giving up two runs on two hits. The Dodgers’ offense totaled just two hits on the afternoon, both of which came off the bat of Scott Van Slyke.
San Francisco (4) vs. Oakland (0)
Matt Cain started for the Giants and pitched four strong innings, allowing just three hits, two walks while striking out three. Buster Posey provided the offense, crushing a homer and three RBI on the day. Brandon Belt went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Kendall Graveman started for the Athletics and pitched four innings, allowing three runs on two hits, walking three and striking out six. Oakland’s offense totaled just four hits on the day. Ben Zobrist and Ike Davis both recorded hits on the day.
New York Mets (5) vs. Texas (0)
Jacob deGrom started for the Mets and pitched four innings of one-hit ball, striking out four. David Wright and Juan Lagares both recorded three hits at the plate. Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 with an RBI on the day.
Logan Verrett started for the Rangers and pitched 2.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits, walking one and striking out three. Neftali Feliz tossed one inning of work where he allowed one hit and one walk. Offensively, the Rangers only managed to record three hits on the day. Prince Fielder, who started at first base, recorded one of those hits – a double off deGrom.
Jacob DeGrom Photo Credit: SLGCKCG
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