The Cubs right now are the best team in Spring Training and there is not a doubt. Almost the whole entire usual squad played against San Diego on Thursday and shelled the Padres pitching in a 10-4 win at Sloan Park that marked four straight w’s.
Addison Russell: 2 AB, 2 H, 1 R, 2 RBI
Javy Baez: 1 AB, 1 H, 2 RBI
Victor Caratini: 2 AB, 1 H, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Ian Happ: 3 AB, 1 H, 1 R, 1 RBI
Tyler Chatwood: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 SO, W
How it Happened
Much like the day before against Cleveland, scoring came in bunches for the Cubs. It all started in the second inning when Addison Russell singled, Javy Baez, Victor Caratini, and David Bote each doubled that drove in five runs for a 5-0 Cubs lead early. In the third inning, the Padres responded with one run before the Cubs would extend their lead further. In just the fourth inning, the Cubs added four more runs to make it a 9-1 lead going into the fifth inning. San Diego added three runs the rest of the way, and the Cubs tacked on one more in the eighth, as they went on to win 10-4. Tyler Chatwood played a big role in the win, pitching three quality innings for the Cubs earning the win.
One Great Moment
This was not Tyler Chatwood’s debut, but it was his second game in the Cubby Blue. It’s also his second win with an ERA of 1.50 and a 1.00 WHIP. He is presumably going to be the fifth starter for most of this season, but he has number two potential. Chatwood showcased that on Thursday, testing out his curveball that actually worked. He does not normally throw these types of pitches in certain counts, and he did today, and it worked. That’s our “One Great Moment” of the game, which is not much, but Chatwood has promising potential.
You might as well give the Cubs the Spring Training World Series Trophy because they certainly earn it. Spring Training in the past has not had much in the win column for the Cubs, but these games seem to be coming pretty easy. All these wins and the early momentum could be leading into a huge year for the Cubs. We will wait and see.
Jon Lester takes the mound, as the Cubs host the Angels in Sloan Park at 2:05 PM Central.