The Cubs lost to the Padres in a relatively quiet game Friday evening in Peoria. Arizona, not Illinois. Things started quickly against former Brewer Zach Davies, with leadoff man Kris Bryant scoring on an Anthony Rizzo double. After striking out Fernando Tatis Jr., starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood gave up a home run to Trent Grisham but allowed no more damage in the inning.
Rotating through pitchers and players in classic spring training fashion, the Padres opened up the scoring in the bottom of the 6th. Cubs reliever Jason Adam loaded the bases, giving up an RBI to catcher Luis Torrens. In the bottom of the 7th inning, James Norwood gave up RBI singles to Edward Olivares and Jake Cronenworth to put the Padres up 4-1. Ty France‘s double in the bottom of the 8th put the Padres up for good, 5-1. (Box Score)
Why The Cubs Lost
The top of the lineup understood their assignments, but the message wasn’t passed on down the ranks.
Stats That Matter
- Gate count was 8,117.
Spring Training News
- West Coast tots apparently involve pulled pork and cilantro, according to on-site taste tests.
- Bryant was enthusiastic about impending fatherhood during an in-game interview, but admits to playing baseball “pretty good” as well.