Happ’s homer give Cubs win
Ian Happ’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Cubs a 4-3 comeback win over Colorado at Sloan Park. After Eloy Jimenez cut the lead to 3-2 with a solo blast to right-center, Happ smacked his second homer in as many days after Carlos Corporon was hit by a pitch. All the Cubs runs came via the long ball as Kyle Schwarber smacked his first spring training bomb with a solo shot in the third. Other Cubs prospects seeing action were SS Chesny Young (1-for-1), 3B Jeimer Candelario (0-2), CF Charcer Burks (0-0), RF Bijan Rademacher (0-1), 1B Taylor Davis (0-1).
Jon Lester fanned four over three innings in his second start, allowing a run on four hits and walk. Pedro Strop blanked the Rockies in the fourth and Hector Rondon allowed a solo homer in the fifth in his only inning. Carl Edwards, Jr. got charged with an unearned run after a walk in the sixth. Caleb Smith fanned one in a scoreless seventh. Eddie Butler retired all six hitters he faced, five via the ground out, and got the win.
Cubs sign Cummins
The Cubs have signed outfielder Brandon Cummins to a minor league contract. Undrafted after his senior year at Delta State, Cummins hit .269/.437/.478 with three homers and six steals in 25 games for Southern Illinois in the Frontier League. The 23-year-old batted .358 and led Delta State his senior year with 74 runs and 11 stolen bases. In two seasons, Cummins hit .359/.446/.532 in 102 starts and was a teammate of Cubs minor leaguer Trent Giambrone. He started his college career at Mississippi Delta Community College and played his prep ball at Cleveland High School in Mississippi, where he earned all-state honors.
World Baseball Classic
Nelson Cruz smacked a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth as the Dominican Republic rallied from a 5-0 deficit and beat Team USA 7-5 in a Pool C game in Miami. The DR (2-0) will advance to the second round and USA (1-1) faces Canada in its final game on March 12......In one of the most exciting games of the tourney, Venezuela (1-1) outlasted Italy 11-10 in ten innings. Cubs prospect John Andreoli went 1-for-5 with a RBI for Italy (1-1). ........Puerto Rico improved to 2-0 with a 9-4 win over Mexico. Cubs infielder Javier Baez launched a three-run homer in the ninth and Francisco Lindor slugged a pair of bombs in the win. Baez finished 2-for-5........Canada fell to 0-2, losing 4-1 to Columbia (1-1) in Pool C play. Cubs prospect Ryan Kellogg took the loss, allowing the go-ahed run in the fifth, his only inning of work. The left-hander allowed two hits in the 13-pitch outing........In the first game of the Second Round for Pool E, Israel stayed red-hit with a 4-1 win over Cuba.