Gotta cut to the chase as we have a giveaway to announce soon, so here’s the gist of the Cubs’ practice game on Thursday, after they got a day off to rest up.
- Mike Montgomery started the game, got in his two innings, only giving up a solo homer.
- Brett Anderson, Montgomery’s primary competition for the fifth rotation spot, didn’t fare as well, giving up a couple runs in his two innings of work. Without video it’s hard to tell what happened so take all that with a grain of salt.
- In the bullpen, Koji Uehara and Justin Grimm both worked a scoreless inning each.
- David Rollins, the traveling minstrel who finally settled with the Cubs, also pitched a scoreless inning.
- Alas, Brian Duensing, asked to close out the game, got a serious case of the batting practice blues and was charged with four runs in the top of the ninth to blow the save. We’ll let things slide because it’s still spring training and the Cubs still like him as a lefty specialist.
On the hitter’s side, I guess the big news of the day was Anthony Rizzo‘s first homer of the spring. He also added a solid double. Everyone else in the lineup was mesmerized by Seattle starter James Paxton and the relievers that followed, but eventually the rookie brigade broke through to momentarily grab the lead. Here’s a video of Rizzo talking about his swing:
The Cubs came to terms with their pre-arbitration players, including Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, and Kyle Hendricks. Jon Heyman has the details for most of the big names, who got a well-deserved raise after, you know, winning the World Series and all.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 9, 2017
If you’re interested:
- Bryant — $1.05MM
- Hendricks — $760,500
- Javy — $609,000
- Addison Russell (from before, now confirmed) — $644,000
Having just lost to Seattle at Sloan Park, the Cubs will travel to play the Mariners at their park on Friday.