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Cubs split a pair of games on Saturday, update on former Cubs, four added to IFA class and Team USA advances to WBC finals.

Cubs split 

The Cubs beat Japan 6-4 in an exhibition game but fell 13-7 to the Brewers on Saturday. 

At Maryvale Baseball Park, the Brewers teed off on Cubs pitching for 20 hits. Jake Buchanan allowed four runs in the first and tossed a scoreless second, surrendering six hits, one leaving the park. Felix Pena got roughed for four runs in the third and Jose Rosario surrendered two in the fourth. Pierce Johnson and Ryan McNeil both threw a scoreless inning but Aaron Brooks gave up six hits and three runs in his two innings of work. 

Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell, John Andreoli and Jacob Hannemann all homered in the loss. Cubs prospect seeing action were Hannemann (2-2, 2 RBI), Yasiel Balaguert (1-2), Jason Vosler (1-1), Eddy Martinez (1-1, threw runner out at home), Carlos Penalver (0-1), Andreoli (1-3, 1 RBI).

At Sloan Park in the 6-4 win over Japan, John Lackey continues to prepare for the season, logging a season-high five innings. The right-hander surrendered a solo homer in the first and then held Team Japan scoreless the next four frames, allowing three hits and a walk while fanning three. Wade Davis worked his second straight scoreless outing, retiring all three hitters he faced, one on strikes. Pedro Strop tossed a scoreless seventh and Dallas Beeler got touched up for three runs on four hits in the eighth. Dylan Floro worked a 1-2 3 ninth for his first spring save. 

Jason Heyward paced the offense with a pair of RBI and finished 2-for-3 with a run scored. David Bote smacked a solo homer and Ian Happ got the start in left and was 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. Other Cubs prospects playing were Bijan Rademacher(0-1), Victor Caratini (0-1), Charcer Burks (0-0), Taylor Davis (1-1), Wladimir Galindo(0-0), Jeimer Candelario (1-2, RBI, 2 BB), Carlos Penalver(0-1).

According to reports, Cubs top prospect Eloy Jimenez underwent test on his right shoulder. He was hurt making a throw in recent spring training game. Results should be available on Sunday and hopefully, its nothing serious and all he’ll need is some rest before the minor league season opens. 

Former Cubs in Spring Training

Shortstop and former Cubs top prospect Gleyber Torres has made a bunch of noise this spring for the Yankees after being named the Arizona Fall Leaguer’s player of the year. In 16 spring games for New York, Torres is hitting .423/.448/.923 with two homers and seven RBI…….1B Daniel Vogelbach is having his first spring training with the Mariners after last year’s trade deadline deal for pitcher Mike Montgomery. In 18 games, the left-hander is batting .255/.340/.362 with a homer and five RBI……Paul Blackburn, who was sent to the M’s with Vogelbach and later traded to the A’s, has appeared in three spring games for Oakland—4.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K…..Jorge Soler is off to slow start for the Royals this spring, hitting .132/.1255/.158 in 15 games. Soler was sent to Kansas City during the off-season for closer Wade Davis……Jason Hammel (3 G, 9 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 2 BB 8 K) and Travis Wood (3 G, 8.1 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K) both signed as free agents with the Royals……Relief pitcher James Farris, sent to Colorado for Eddie Butler, has appeared in two games for the Rockies—2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB 3 K…..The Braves claimed Armando Rivero during the Rule 5 draft but the right-hander hasn’t pitched in a game this spring for the Braves and is likely on his way back to the Cubs at some point. Rivero has been dealing with shoulder discomfort.

Cubs sign four

The Cubs have added four more prospects to their 2016 International Free Agent class and assigned them to the Dominican Summer League for the 2017 season. OF Ervis Marchan, 17, SS Santiago Blanco, 17; and right-handed pitchers Jose Gonzalez, 19, and Eduarniel Nunez 17, all agreed to terms with the Cubs on March 15. Gonzalez will suit up for Cubs 1 while the other three will play for Cubs 2 during the DSL season.

World Baseball Classic

Giancario Stanton launched a to-run homer and Andrew McCutchen added a two-run double as USA beat the Dominican Republic 6-3 to advance to the final in the WBC. Outfielder Adam Jones robbed Oriole teammate Many Machado of a home run to help preserve the win. USA plays Japan in the semifinals at Dodgers Stadium on Tuesday night, March 21.

Puerto Rico remained unbeaten in WC play with a convincing 13-2 won over Venezuela (0-3). Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon gave up two-run homer in the ninth to Kennys Vargas and Cubs farmhand Jhondaniel Medina allowed an inherited runner to score and another earned run as he faced five hitters for Venezuela. Javier Baez had the game off for Puerto Rico, who faces the Netherlands on Monday night.


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