Over in Maryvale

Some random notes from todays Cubs 12-5 loss to the Brewers in Maryvale.

I’m not overly concerned about the 5 errors today or the Cubs spring total to 14 in 4 games. It’s early, if this was the last week of spring training I would be frightened. I think Quade will get this situation in order.

This Castro Kid can hit.

The battle for the number 4 and 5 starting pitchers in the rotation is competitive this spring and it certainly may have gotten the best of Carlos Silva today after an error filled first inning. Aramis Ramirez is normally about as laid back as they come . The dugout shot below was right before or just after the Silva/Ramirez debate.

James Russell

James Russell gave up 5 hits and 3 runs in 2 innings. I’m no doctor but Russell  appears to have a chest cold or some other issue that is bothering him. Russell was sweating a lot (seemed more than others) and had a deep chest cough. I was seated only about 10-15 feet away from the Cubs on-deck circle and he was hacking several times, and not with the bat.

I eyeballed, then pegged today’s attendance within 48 fans, I guessed 3500 and it was 3548. That’s not low for a Brewers home game, but it’s low for a Brewers home game vs the Cubs.

Many open seats 

I can see why the Brewrers may have interest in Hohokam after the Cubs new spring complex gets built, the Brewers Maryvale Park isn’t in the greatest of locations.

Two words – Casey McGehee

The Cubs may have something in pitcher Robert Coello who they picked up from Boston, he can bring it.

Ran into my favorite concessioner Mark the Beer Guy, sadly he was wearing a Brewers shirt. I think he’s obligated to do that for maximum hops and barley sales.

Absolutely gorgeous day for a ballgame, tomorrow more of the same.

Here are a few of my pics from today. T

Robert Coello

Jay Jackson tossed no hit inning
Pena gets a hit

Soriano headed out as sausage’s head in

Tim

Tim

Tim Sheridan is a Cubs fanatic who also happens to be the Cubs spring training public address announcer at Sloan Stadium and your tour guide here at boysofspring.com.
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