Cubs fall to Royals
Addison Russell slugged his fifth homer of the spring but it wasn’t enough as the Royals beat the Cubs 6-2 at Sloan Park on Sunday night.
Neither one of the left-handers vying for the fifth spot in the rotation had a good night. Mike Montgomery got the start but surrendered a solo homer and a sacrifice fly in his three innings of work, allowing two runs on two hits with 5 K. Brett Anderson tossed 3.1 frames, getting charged with three runs on three hits and walk. Anderson left with the bases loaded in the eighth and Jim Henderson allowed all three inherited runners to score, as well as another run before the frame was over. David Rollins and Carl Edwards, Jr. both threw a scoreless inning.
Cubs were held to just six hits, including Russel’s long homer. David Bote added a RBI double in the ninth. Other Cubs prospects playing were Bijan Rademacher (0-0 R), Ian Happ (0-1), Jeimer Candelario (0-1), Taylor Davis (1-1), John Andreoli (0-3), Carlos Penalver (0-1).
The Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the mound today as they face Colorado at Talking Stick.
Jimenez to miss three weeks
Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer told reporters on Monday that top prospect Eloy Jimenez will miss at least three weeks with a bone bruise in his right shoulder. Hoyer said that the throw Jimenez made on March 14 “sort of pushed things over the edge”. Hoyer said Jimenez was experience some soreness in the shoulder before the game.
World Baseball Classic
The finals are set. Puerto Rico squares off against the Netherlands on Monday night and then USA fans Japan on Tuesday. The finals will be on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. While there are some critics to the WBC, I’ve enjoyed it and so have other fans as they’ve already set an attendance record before the finals. Javier Baez and Miguel Mejia are both on the Puerto Rican roster and are the only Cubs players left in the WBC.