Kyle Schwarber gave the Cubs all the offense they would need, blasting a three-run homer in the top of the 3rd and driving in another run with a single in the 5th. The longball, Schwarber’s second of the spring, came against Sox lefty Derek Holland. Yes, that’s right, a lefty.
And War Bear got all of this one, teeing off on the Dutch Oven’s offering with extreme prejudice.
For your viewing pleasure: pic.twitter.com/XeRuuF5t1L
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 17, 2017
Hawk Harrelson was uncharacteristically boisterous during that call, huh? Not that you’d expect the old codger to be anything other than dour after witnessing the violent act Schwarber had just perpetrated against the Good Guys. It was nice to hear Hawk’s broadcast partner, not above the occasional digs at his former employer, give Schwarber some love.
“And now you see one of the reasons this young man is going to be a Major League star,” Stone Pony said as Schwarber rounded second.
I have it on good authority that at least two Sox fans, both members of one of my fantasy baseball leagues, had their smack-talk summarily dismissed by the jack job too. So that was fun.
Kris Bryant collected a single and two RBI in the Cubs’ three-run 5th, but there wasn’t much else to speak of from an offensive standpoint. Really not much to say about the pitching, either, as the staff on the day was comprised largely of prospects.
I guess CJ Edwards did record one of the Cubs’ two strikeouts. While we’re on the topic of the String Bean Slinger, check out the trailer for the first entry in a video series that features inspiring athletes like Edwards.
Stats that matter
- War Bear was 2-for-3 on the day with that HR; let’s watch it again:
— MLB (@MLB) March 17, 2017
- Ian Happ went 0-for-2 to drop his spring avg and OPS to .417 and 1.240
The Cubs will participate in a little split-squad action, with half the team facing the Shohei Otani-less Team Japan and the other half heading to Maryvale to oppose the Brewers. Both games are at 1:05pm local time. If you’re in the area, swing by The Brass Tap in Mesa afterwards and have a beer or five with your friends from Cubs Insider. I promise Brendan Miller is not as weird and creepy in person as he comes across in his posts.