As you probably know, last night’s Cubs game was called after an inning and a half because of rain. The other eight Cactus League games yesterday met the same fate. Today the weather was a bit better, overcast and cool (52 degrees at first pitch), with no real rain to speak of.
The Cubs recent spring difficulties continued as they came up on the short side of the stick for the fifth game in a row, this time going down 9-2 to the Indians at Hohokam Stadium. The Cubs now have 1 win and 8 losses in the month of March, they were 4-2 in February. The important thing to note about this win-loss count, is that wins and losses mean absolutely squat in February and March.
With that out of the way, I’m going to keep this blog short and to the point. Good things that happened for the Cubs today, Javier Baez was 2 for 3 with a two-run homer that landed just to the left center of the batter’s eye. Probably at least a 420 foot shot. Chris Rusin pitched 3 scoreless innings to start the game. Kyuji Fujikawa came in for the 9th inning and sat down the Indians 1-2-3, with 2 K’s. Johermyn Chavez had a double and made an outstanding diving catch in left field. David DeJesus was 2 for 3 as today’s lead off hitter, both were doubles.
I’m not going to go over what was bad about today’s game, because mostly that deals with a couple pitchers who will be in Des Moines this season. All you need to know about the hitting is that after the first inning, the Cubs never had an inning where they brought more than four batters to the plate, never getting more than one hit in any of those innings.
Jim Belushi was at today’s game and drew the winning number for today’s 50/50 raffle. Our photographer John Antonoff was over at the WBC games today, so no photographs from Hohokam. I’ll have to see if he got any pics of that big Canada/Mexico brawl.
The Cubs are back at Hohokam tomorrow against the Padres, with better weather expected.