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Chicago Cubs (6) vs. Cleveland (10)

The baby Cubs were on full display with back to back to back homers from Jorge Soler, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant; all majestic blast coming off of one Trevor Bauer in the fourth inning. Beef aka Wellington Castillo added another home run in the sixth inning and another of the coveted Cubs, Kyle Schwaber, got in on the action with a pinch hit RBI single.

Cleveland had to be very pleased with Michael Bourn’s day, reaching base four times with three hits, a walk and an RBI. He was however caught stealing in his lone attempt. Bauer had thrown three scoreless prior to the eruption in the fourth and threw three shutout innings in his Spring Training debut. Do not bail on Bauer, he’s an arm to target in the end game for 2015.

Chicago White Sox (6) vs. Kansas City (2)

Jose Abreu was his usual offensive machine self, but the key player to focus on today was Micah Johnson, who filled up the box score with four hits, 2 runs and also drove in a run. The speedy Johnson is in a battle for the second base job and days like this only enhance his chances.

Mike Moustakas continues to rake in the Spring but is this year? I’m not endorsing him but have and will invest for a buck or in the reserve round, what do you have to lose? Jarrod Dyson homered, another reminder the ball travels well in the desert air. Of note on the pitching side, Brandon Finnegan  pitched two innings allowing 3 hits, 2 earned runs and a walk plus a strikeout.

 

Cincinnati (3) vs. Milwaukee (5)

Cueto was on the bump and struck out three batters while allowing one run over three innings. Offensively nothing to report, Breenan Boesch recorded two hits; enough said.

The Brew Crew got results from their pitchers today with the always reliable Kyle tossing three innings with zero runs and four punch outs. Jeffress, Broxton and Henderson all threw one an inning of shutout ball in relief. Another pitcher to file away is Wei-Chung Wang last years rule 5 draft pick from Pittsburgh is an interesting name for later in the year pitched two shutout innings allowing one hit and striking out two batters. Possible bounce back candidate Jean Segura recorded a hit and stolen base.

 

Colorado (2) vs. Los Angeles (2)

Pitching was the headline today and Rockies prospect Eddie Butler delivered with three shutout inning, only allowing one free pass and totaling three whiffs.  Nick Hundley took Kershaw yard in the third.

Kershaw was out-dueled today but got his work in with three innings, three hits and an earned run with two K’s. Nothing of note offensively for the Dodgers.

 

San Francisco (5) vs. San Diego (10)

Yusmeiro Petit got the start today and did not have much, getting roughed up over two innings, but as stated in the Starting Pitcher Index Relief Pitcher Matrix, he pitches better out of the bullpen. Joe panic left the yard and Casey McGehee contributed with two hits.

Remember the punchless Padres? That team seems to be distant memory with Middlebrooks, Kemp, Upton and Quentin all leaving the yard today. Ian Kennedy started but lasted an inning and a third allowing five hits, three runs and two punch outs and Robbie Erlin threw two scoreless.

 

Seattle (5) vs. Colorado (10)

The King held court today going two scoreless. Roenis Elias isn’t challenging Taijuan Walker so far for the final spot in the rotation. The Usurper aka Danny Farquhar pitched a shutout inning with two K’s and should be on everyone’s radar. With Fernando Rodney in the last year of his contract, the leash will be shortened in 2015. Dustin Ackley and Brad Miller continued their torrid pace early on this spring.

Kyle Kendrick got the nod in the split squad game for the Rockies and was effective throwing three shutout innings and recording three strikeouts. Hawkins and Axford both threw scoreless innings in relief. Wilin Rosario the forgotten man in Colorado filled the stat sheet with three hits, two runs and a home run while driving in five.

 

Texas (4) vs. Los Angeles Angels (5)

Leonys Martin left the yard but don’t leave him off your team this upcoming season. He’s definitely a guy to own in 2015. Colby Lewis logged three innings while giving up a run but if Darvish is done then my advice to Rangers fans is remember the Alamo.

C.J. Cron went deep as he attempts to solidify an extended role with Josh Hamilton out. Hector Santiago started but is another arm who plays better out of the pen.

 

Baseball is another day closer…

Javier Baez photo by Nick Martinez.

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