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Cubs beat the Dodgers and another minor league pitcher has surgery

Cubs slam Dodgers

Kris Bryant hit a grand slam and Jeimer Candelario went 3-for-3 as the Cubs snapped their three-game losing streak with a 9-3 win over the Dodgers in a NLCS rematch.

Candelario singled, doubled, tripled, scored three times and knocked in a run. Cubs broke the game open with a five-run fourth, four runs coming on Bryant’s first homer of the spring. 2B Ian Happ went 0-for-1 with a walk and made a diving gem to save a run and record an out in the eighth. Other Cubs prospects playing were Eloy Jimenez (0-for-2), Jacob Hannemann (0-1), Mark Zagunis (0-1), John Andreoli (0-1), Chesny Young (1-1, R), Victor Caratini (1-1, RBI), Taylor Davis (0-1).

Kyle Hendricks made his first start and only needed 16 pitches to toss two scoreless frames. The right-hander allowed a hit and fanned one. Brett Anderson worked two inning sis his second outing and surrendered a pair of runs on three hits. Pedro Strop (1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), Hector Rondon (1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K), and Carl Edwards, Jr.. (1 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K) all made their spring debuts. Seth Frankoff worked around a hit and three walks over the final two scoreless innings. 

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Corey Black has Tommy John surgery

According to a tweet from Cubs minor league pitcher Corey Black, the right-hander recently had Tommy John surgery and will miss the 2016 season. Black spent the winter pitching Puerto Rico and was leading the league in saves when he was shut down due to the arm injury. Black mentioned in the tweet that he had been dealing with the issue for a few years. The Cubs acquired the 25-year-old back in 2013 in the deal that sent Alfonso Soriano to the Yankees. The California native made 25 starts in AA in 2014 and switched to the bullpen during the 2015 season in Tennessee. After starting last year back in Tennessee, Black was promoted to AAA and converted six-of-seven save opportunities, fanning 37 in 30.1 innings over 28 appearances.

 


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