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Cubs Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish made his spring debut for the Cubs at Sloan Park yesterday, he pitched two innings with mixed results, allowing 1 earned run, 0 hits, 2 BB, and 4 k’s…He also had 2 Wild Pitches. Darvish lost some weight in the off-season and through an interpreter said, he was happy with his 95 mph velocity yesterday. Cubs pitcher Brandon Morrow had his debut for the Cubs, throwing an inning with, 2 hits and 1 run. Ben Zobrist also made his spring debut hitting in the lead off spot, going 0-3.

In the bottom of the first, the Cubs plated 6 runs, with Javy Baez stroking a 2-run double and Albert Almora Jr. with his first spring hit – a 2-run HR. Almora Jr. made a sensational catch in CF as well.

Almora Jr. outstanding catch

Almora Jr. outstanding catch

The Cubs won this game 9-5 in front of 14,479 fans on a nice spring day in Mesa with a 75 degree game time temperature. The Cubs are hot at Sloan Park and I’m not talking weather. In fact the Cubs are undefeated at Sloan (5 wins and 2 ties)…not that it matters in spring. However, it’s fun for the fans and Joe Maddon is playing his starters judiciously, nothing different than a normal spring.

I noticed that the Dodgers Coaching staff had a couple Cubs connections, the Dodgers Assistant Hitting Coach is Brant Brown, he of the famed Ron Santo 1998 “oh no” call, and former Cubs pitcher Mark Prior is currently the Bullpen Coach for the Dodgers.

The Cubs play their first night game this evening against the Indians out in Goodyear AZ. Here are more photos from yesterday by our John Antonoff.

Darvish out stretching on field before the rest of the Cubs

Darvish out stretching on field before the rest of the Cubs

Darvish in warms up

Darvish in warms up

Getting some love

Getting some love

Darivsh hugs former teammate and catcher Austin Barnes

Darivsh hugs former teammate and catcher Austin Barnes

Addison Russell with a hit and run scored

Almora Jr.with outsanding catch

Darvish and Maddon

Darvish and Maddon

Brandon Morrow in Cubs debut

Brandon Morrow in Cubs debut

Contreras hustle to best throw

Contreras hustle to beat throw

Willson had two hits

Willson had two hits

Charcer Burks had a walk and a double

Charcer Burks had a walk and a double

KB walked then took third with nobody covering on Rizzo shift

KB walked then took third with nobody covering on Rizzo shift

David Bote with a hit

David Bote with a hit

Baez with a stolen base

Baez with a stolen base

Baez double

Baez double

Almora Jr. fives

Almora Jr. fives

Almora Jr. leaves game with bloody nose

Almora Jr. leaves game with bloody nose

Almora Jr. continues flight

Addison Russell with a hit and a run scored

Rizzo avoids this chin music

Rizzo avoids this chin music

Jacob Hannemann tosses ball to fan

Jacob Hannemann tosses ball to fan

 

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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