SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — This recap of the Cubs’ 6-5 loss to the Dodgers Saturday night will be mercifully short.
Not just because it’s early Sunday morning and the Cubs lost, either. Just look at the URL for this recap, a place where I usually post the names of two Cubs who played significant roles in the game.
Peter Bourjos and Eddie Butler. Those are not names that will be long remembered in Cubs history. Neither is likely to make the Opening Day roster; Bourjos, if he stays in the organization, will probably toil at Iowa in case a Cubs outfielder is injured. (So let’s hope we don’t see him at Wrigley this year, nothing personal, Peter.)
Butler is out of options and will likely have to clear waivers to stay in the organization.
Both have talent and could possibly help the team at some point this year.
Butler threw two scoreless innings.
Bourjos went 2-for-3, drove in two runs, scored once and stole a base. Here is Bourjos’ two-run single in the fifth [VIDEO].
That’s all good, and the Cubs (such as they were; of those on the probable Opening Day roster, only Ian Happ and Addison Russell played in this game) had a 5-2 lead until Kiké Hernandez, who terrorized the Cubs in Game 5 of the NLCS last year with a three-homer performance, came to bat with two runners on in the seventh [VIDEO].
I’d be pretty happy to not see him bat against the Cubs again, ever.
That was off Dillon Maples, who has talent but once again got himself in trouble with a walk after a leadoff single. Maples has walked five in five spring innings, and he’ll have to work on his control and command at Iowa this year if he wants to have an impact on the 2018 bullpen.
Walker Buehler, who is the Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect, threw the last two innings and struck out five. By this time no Cubs who are anywhere near the big leagues were in the game, so take that for whatever it’s worth. Buehler, who is 23, made his big-league debut late last year and is expected to have some impact on this year’s Dodgers. Since his last name is pronounced the same way as Ferris Bueller’s, expect jokes surrounding that fact to proliferate.
The game could have wound up as the Cubs’ second tie of the day, except Alec Mills, who threw a scoreless eighth, allowed a walk, two singles and a sacrifice fly to give the Dodgers the win.
Well, that wound up longer than I had expected. Hope you don’t mind. And if you have a better headline for this one, feel free to share it in the comments.
The Cubs take the field against the Oakland Athletics Sunday afternoon. A reminder that while most of you in North American moved your clocks forward Sunday, Arizona didn’t, so Sunday’s game (and most from here on out) begins at 3:05 p.m. CT. Yu Darvish goes for the Cubs and Sean Manaea for the A’s. No TV today; audio coverage is on cubs.com.