M’s rally past Cubs
Cubs dropped to 4-7-3 on the spring with a 11-10 loss to Seattle as the Mariners scored three times in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win.
Ian Happ had his best game of the spring, getting the start at DH and going 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI. Happ was a triple shy of the cycle. Chesny Young hit his first homer of the spring and finished 1-for-3. Cubs starting lineup was filled with prospects—CF Albert Almora (1-3, RBI), 3B Jeimer Candelario (1-3), and RF Eloy Jimenez(1-3, R). Other Cubs prospects playing were Jacob Hannemann (1-2), Victor Caratini (0-1, R, BB), Taylor Davis (0-2, R), Jason Vosler (0-2, R), David Bote (0-1), and Eddy Martinez (0-1).
Kyle Hendricks blanked Seattle for three innings, allowing one hit while fanning four. Seth Frankoff allowed two runs and six hits over three innings in his third outing (7 IP). Dylan Floro never made it out of the seventh, giving up four runs, three coming on a homer. Minor leaguer David Berg got the final out of the seventh and then surrendered two runs on four hits in the eighth. In the ninth, Maikel Cleto only recorded one out as the Mariners scored three times on a walk and three hits, the final one a two-run single.
Kellogg added to Team Canada
Cubs minor league pitcher Ryan Kellogg has been added to Team Canada’s roster for the WBC. The Cubs fifth-round pick in 2015 out of Arizona State was South Bend’s most durable arm last season, logging 130.2 innings while posting a 9-7 mark and a respectable 3.03 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. After getting drafted, Kellogg appeared in 10 games in the Northwest League for Eugene, tossing 21.2 frames while sporting a 4.98 ERA. The 23-year-old should be part of the Myrtle Beach rotation this season.
World Baseball Classic
Adam Jones delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the tenth as Team USA beat Columbia 3-2 in the first game for both teams in Pool C. Puerto Rico blanked Venezuela 11-0 to open Pool D play. Javier Baez went 1-for-4 with a RBI single in Puerto Rico’s six-run seventh.