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The Cubs made it exciting for the 11,775 fans at Hohokam today with a come from behind 9-8 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. A win capped by Brad Snyder’s walk-off double that bounced off the center field batters eye, scoring Bobby Scales and pinch runner Sam Fuld.
Today the young Cubs made it happen as three former #1 draft picks started today’s game, all contributed to the win. Tyler Colvin’s (2006) started in left and stayed hot going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s while hitting his third double of the young spring season. Josh Vitters (2007) getting the start at third base was 2-for-4 with a couple runs scored and Brett Jackson (2009) starting in CF reached base all four times he came to the plate. Jackson had a triple, two walks, and was hit by a pitch. Starlin Castro was 2-for-4 and Brad Snyder had 2 hits including the game winner.
Jackson got the Cubs scoring started with a blast that would have been out of most MLB parks, the ball hit 3/4 up the CF batters eye which is 410 feet. Jackson showed great speed on the play easily reaching third for a triple…The fans voiced displeasure at third base coach Mike Quade for holding Jackson at third. It was the right call with no outs and a good throw in from the DBacks outfielder.
Big Z got the start and made quick work of all six DBacks he faced in his 2 innings. Casey Coleman the Cubs 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year followed Z and looked strong allowing one hit in two scoreless innings. Jeff Stevens was the pitcher who got roughed up by the DBacks allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in his 1.2 innings of action including giving up a Justin Upton grand salami.
We heard rumors up in the press box that President Obama’s Chicago based Senior Advisor David Axelrod was at today’s game. Late in the game it was confirmed as we spotted him sitting in the stands behind the Cubs dugout…he stayed the whole game.
Cubs and White Sox tomorrow at Hohokam.
Starlin Castro shatters bat on this single in the 5th inning
Photo by John Antonoff