Most of the Cubs regulars had their final dress rehearsal Monday night against the Red Sox in Ft. Myers. Yu Darvish pitched briefly as the rest of the starters survived the game in one piece (whew). (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
Carl Edwards Jr. had control issues, walking two in the bottom of the 7th inning. Two runs would score in the frame to give the Sox a 4-2 lead.
Javy Baez doubled into the left-center gap to score Victor Caratini in the 2nd inning. The two-bagger put the Cubs ahead 2-0.
Stats That (Don’t) Matter
- Darvish only went three innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with a walk. He didn’t have a strikeout, which is something that won’t happen much at all this season.
- Kyle Schwarber had two more hits and showed impressive speed moving from 1st to 3rd on a single. Have to feel pretty good about War Bear going into Thursday.
Is that Kyle Schwarber or a gazelle?!? pic.twitter.com/xlzjzngh8Q
— Cubs Insider (@realcubsinsider) March 26, 2018
- Justin Wilson gave up a double to start his inning of work, but struck out two to escape without allowing a run.
Victor Caratini had a throwing error on a toss back to the pitcher that allowed a run to score after a collision at the plate. Luckily, Caratini was okay and the rest of the Cubs also escaped injury. The next game most Cubs starters will play will actually count.
The Cubs play one more game in Ft. Myers on Tuesday at 12:05pm CT. Jose Quintana and a lot of prospects will take the field for this one. The game is on ESPN and an audio feed is available on Cubs.com.