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Everyone Cubs is thirsty for more glory after finally getting the monkey (and goat and other assorted cursed mammals) off their backs last year. It continued on St. Patrick’s Day against their in-city rivals, the Chicago White Sox. Most of the offense was in the early part of the game, where the Cubs regulars beat down on Sox starter Derek Holland, who pitched into the fifth inning but couldn’t get an out in that frame before being relieved.
- Most of the regulars were in the lineup, and the big bopper was one Kyle Schwarber:
That ball seemed to land very close to where a SchwarBar would be. So much power. Kyle also added another RBI single.
- The Cubs also need to decide their final bench spot, and Tommy La Stella was up to the task, recording a hit and a walk, plus scoring both times he got on base.
- Kris Bryant had only one hit on the day, but he made it count, a two-run single.
To the opposite field, even!
- Anthony Rizzo also added a double-du-jour.
- Former Cubs Rookie of the Year Geovany Soto is now a White Sox and got the Sox on the board early against Koji Uehara, who got hit a bit but didn’t surrender any more damage in his inning of work. Nice to see Geo again.
- Rob Zastryzny, who is probably going to stretch out as starting pitching depth in Iowa, ate up three scoreless innings.
- While they didn’t have many hits, the rest of the Cubs played good defense, including this double play started by Addison Russell:
- Carl Edwards Jr. also had a scoreless inning of work. Cubs prospect Ryan Williams pitched the final two innings, giving up two garbage time runs but getting a bunch of ground ball outs.
While we await Javier Baez and Team Puerto Rico taking on Team USA this Friday night, you can try to win some Cubs tickets against the Yankees at Wrigley Field in May. Check out this link, and make sure you enter before April 28!