Cubs fall in Houston
The Astros scored four times in the sixth and beat the Cubs 8-6 in a exhibition game played at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Addison Russell returned to the lineup and not only made a diving stop that turned into an out, he also went 2-for-3 with a RBI double and a two-run homer. Anthony Rizzo added a solo blast in the fifth and Kyle Schwarber saw his first action behind the plate in the MLB spring game, throwing out a base runner and allowing a passed ball over the final three frames.
Houston native Charcer Burks got to play in front of the hometown fans, striking out in the ninth as a pinch hitter. Other Cubs prospects seeing action were Ian Happ (0-1), Chesny Young (0-0), Taylor Davis (0-0), and David Bote (0-0), Bote made a nice catch in foul territory.
Brett Anderson told reporters he had “D+ stuff” after his outing. The lefty surrendered eight hits, two that left the park, and got charged with four runs in the 74-pitch outing that lasted five innings. Not a good night for Hector Rondon, who didn’t retire any of the four hitters he faced, allowing two singles and two doubles. Jhondaniel Medina got the final three outs of the frame but not before allowing two inherited runners to score. Pedro Strop and Wade Davis both worked a scoreless inning of relief.
Cubs took several minor leaguers with them to Houston for the two games. Pitchers—Dylan Floro, David Rollins, Felix Pena, Ryan McNeil, Pierce Johnson, Jhondaniel Medina and James Pugliese. Catchers— Carlos Corporan and Taylor Davis. Infielders— David Bote, Yasiel Balaguert, Ian Happ and Chesny Young. Outfielders—Charcer Burks and Bijan Rademacher.