We've heard all offseason about Brett Jackson's re-tooled swing. The real test was going to be when Jackson faced live pitching. Well, Jackson showed he was up for the challenge today, going 3 for 3, including an opposite field double in his first AB (then stealing 3B) and then a line drive single in his second AB. Here's a video of that 2nd hit.
(video from @ericlpauly)
Dave Sappelt, who is looking to get some playing time vs. LHP, went 3 for 3 as well. Sappelt had 2 doubles, including one off the LF-CF wall. I've been pretty vocal about getting Sappelt in the lineup to spell DeJesus against lefties and yesterday's CF assignment bodes well for him in that regard.
Here's the rest of the recap:
White 6 - Blue 3
- Non-roster invitee and utility infielder hopeful Edwin Maysonet hit a game-winning walk-off 3 run HR. Maysonet is competing for that 25th man spot with Brent Lillibridge, who had a double today.
- Luis Valbuena hit a line drive 2 run HR. Valbuena was hitting the ball extremely well in Venezuela and perhaps he's still riding that hot streak. I think he'll improve on his numbers this season as the peripherals show he had some pretty bad luck last season, especially in clutch situations.
- Jorge Soler continued to impress with his plate discipline. He walked on 4 pitches the first time up but then just missed and hit a mile-high flyout to LF in his 2nd AB. The Cubs, in general, were very patient today, drawing 6 walks in the first 3 innings.
- Javier Baez didn't make much noise on offense, though he did get an IF hit. What drew the most oohs from the crowd, however, was a great defensive play in the hole at SS. It was good to see him rebound after a bit of a tough day yesterday in the field.
- Not much info on the pitching yet. If I get it later, I will update the recap.
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