It's good to have baseball again. Thanks to Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago, Carrie Muskat of Cubs.com, Meghan Montemurro of The Northwest Herald, and reader @EricLPauly (who also sent both videos) for the Twitter updates. It was fun.
White Team 7 - Blue Team 3
- Starlin Castro was the big star of the game, getting 3 hits and making a couple of sparkling plays in the field -- including a diving stop on a rocket hit by fellow SS Javier Baez. Baez had a tough day. He didn't get charged with an error but missed a grounder he should have gotten in the first, which turned into a single and two runs, then bobbled another grounder later that cost a chance at a DP and allowed a run to score. Here's the video of Castro robbing Baez of a hit...
- Jorge Soler hit a monster shot off of Nick Struck, who otherwise pitched well today. He also worked the count in both of his PAs. He hit his HR on a 3-1 count and then walked after working the count full in his next AB. He topped it off with a diving catch on a sinking line drive. I'm a little bummed for selfish reasons. Was hoping to catch him in Kane County, but these are the kinds of things that gets you promoted to Daytona.
- Dionner Navarro had a two run single (actually the Baez misplay described above) but got thrown out by a mile at the plate on a Soler to Baez to Castillo relay. How's the sound of that for a future Cubs team?
- Nate Schierholtz hit a 2 run shot off the right field foul pole. He was also robbed of a hit by Soler but got a sac fly, making it a 3 RBI day.
- Anthony Rizzo went 1-1 and drew a couple of walks. Good to see him work the count. I think we'll see an improvement in his walk rate for next year.
- Bryan Bogusevic hit a HR off of Rafael Dolis to cap things off for the white team.
- Don't have the actual numbers but Chris Rusin was roughed up a bit today. Not too worried. Hes a finesse guy who thrives on command and location -- and this is really early. We'll see if he can find a rhythm as he gets more work.
- Junior Lake hit a triple off the wall and otherwise played well.
- Ian Stewart looked good in BP, hitting a couple of long HRs, and then laced a double in is first AB. Good sign for the Cubs if he can hit like that all year.
- Welington Castillo hit a double and went 1-2 overall.
- Stewart and Josh Vitters are day-to-day with quad issues, which helps explain Vitters absence.
Here are tomorrow's lineups via Carrie Muskat
Brett Jackson CF
Darnell McDonald LF
Rafael Lopez C
Junior Lake DH
Brian Bogusevic RF
Christian Villanueva 3B
Alberto Gonzalez 2B
Brad Nelson 1B
Javier Baez SS
Logan Watkins 2B
Matt Szczur CF
Steve Clevenger C
Johermyn Chavez RF
Josh Vitters 3B
Edwin Maysonett SS
Brent Lillibridge 1B
Jorge Soler LF
Ian Stewart DH
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