Yes, the stats and outcome of an intrasquad game are meaningless. Yes, it's the smallest of sample sizes.
It's fun and if you're like me, then you miss the game itself. I'm not going to be reporting on every practice game this spring, but since this is the first game action Cubs fans have had in almost 6 months, I'm going to enjoy it.
Here's a synopsis of the game...
- The Blue Team, the one made up of prospects such as Brett Jackson, Matt Szczur, Anthony Rizzo, Josh Vitters, and Junior Lake absolutely destroyed the white team, 10-4, which was mostly made up of MLB players.
- The star of the game was unquestionably Matt Szczur. He drove in 6 runs in the 6 inning game with a single, double, and a grand slam off Travis Wood. He also scored from second base on a fly ball to RF.
- Brett Jackson hit a HR and an RBI double. He also had 2 walks. You just have to like how he finds a way to get on base while sprinkling in some pretty good pop.
- Tony Campana was 3 for 3.
- Travis Wood (White Team) gave up 6 R, 6 H, and 2 BB over 3 IP; Randy Wells (Blue Team) gave up 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB over 3 innings. That means it's a good day for Chris Volstad. In all seriousness, pitchers are working on all kinds of things early in the spring. It could be a new pitch or they simply could just be working on their fastball command. You can't take the numbers all that seriously from the pitchers or the hitters.
The headliner (if there can be a "headliner" in an intrasquad game) is undoubtedly going to be Matt Szczur. He is only on the 40 man roster because of the type of contract he signed. He is going to start the year in AA in what we'll be a big season for him.
Today, we caught a glimpse of the speed, power, and hitting ability that has some excited about his future. The key word is future. He still has a long way to go before he can perform like that in the major leagues with any consistency.