Andreoli shines against Sox
The only time John Andreoli had four hits in a pro game he was back in Daytona in 2013 and ripped four singles against Tampa in late April in a Florida State League tilt. He was even better on Saturday against the White Sox, going 4-for-4 with a triple and a RBI. Making his first start, Andreoli, 25, had a bunt single for a RBI in the first, tripled and scored on a balk in the third, and singled to center in the fifth and sixth. The Cubs 17th round pick in 2011 came into the game 1-for-11 after nine games........ Jeimer Candelario got his fourth straight start and continues to produce with a double, single and a walk in four plate appearances. After starting the spring hitless in seven at-bats, he’s 5-for-his-last-13.
After getting charged with a blown save his last outing against the M’s, Felix Pena worked around a hit and a walk in a scoreless eighth against the Pale Hose........I made fun of RF Mark Zagunis not drawing a walk, he walked in his only plate appearance......CF Jacob Hannemann got his first hit of the spring, a single in the 8th.......DH Shawon Dunston saw his first action and struckout as a pinch-hitter in the 7th.......C Taylor Davis and 3B Jason Vosler were both 0-for-1.........Last year’s Myrtle Beach double play combo of SS Carlos Penalver and 2B Daniel Lockhart both played but didn’t bat.
Contreras continues to impress
No Cubs prospect made a bigger leap in 2015 than Willson Contreras and by the looks of it, he’s still rising. The Venezuelan native collected three hits and scored once, upping his spring slash to .500/.700/.833 in five games. Okay, its only 10 plate appearances. Contreras ripped a ground rule double to right in the second, single to center in the fourth, and double to right in seventh....... Albert Almora was hitless in four plate appearances but did deliver a sacrifice fly in the eighth and moved Contreras to third after both doubles by hitting the ball to the right side.
C Victor Caratini made his debut and walked with the bases loaded in the eighth, his only at-bat. The switch-hitting backstop didn’t have eye-popping stats last year at Myrtle Beach but he checked off plenty of boxes on his development plan....... Pitching in his first game since leaving the March 8 game with a leg injury, Frank Batista entered the game in the ninth with one out and the bases loaded, and the Cubs clinging to a 5-4 lead. The right-hander walked both hitters he faced. Edgar Olmos started the frame but a walk, a hit, a sac bunt, and another walk loaded the sacks.
C Cael Brockmeyer struckout as a pinch-hitter in the 9th.......In his second game, SS Ryan Dent fanned in his only plate appearance........3B Jesse Hodges flew out to left in the 9th in his debut...... Anthony Giansanti grounded out to second in the ninth.