MESA, Arizona — Well, I told you this would be an odd baseball game.
I thought it would be a yawner, something with no predictive value for the season to come at all.
The first was Yu Darvish leaving the game with two out in the fifth (and one strike to go to finish the inning) with an apparent blister. Here’s how it looked:
Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be anything serious:
Darvish says he’s not concerned about the blister. Happened on a slider on his last pitch. Post-treatment, plans on playing catch Wed, throwing bullpen Thur and making next start as scheduled. pic.twitter.com/KtNANzA3rJ— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 19, 2019
Yu said med staff will use laser treatment and cream to help blister healing process. Added that teammates suggested peeing on it. Yu: "They told me... I'm not sure I can say it here. Pee on it. I'm not sure that's a good thing or not. I'm not going to do that. I don't want to."— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 19, 2019
This quote is actually a good thing. It shows he’s got a sense of humor, and can express that in English. Good stuff. More about Darvish:
Slight correction on Darvish's schedule. He said his between-start bullpen session would take place on Friday.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 19, 2019
Darvish said the last time he had a blister on his right ring finger was his first start in 2013. In that one, he came one out from a perfect game. Pitched 2-3 innings with the blister. Made next start five days later.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 19, 2019
Darvish’s next start, if everyone stays on schedule, should be Sunday against the Padres in Peoria, or, if the team doesn’t want him to make the bus ride, perhaps in camp against minor leaguers.
Then there was a bit of a kerfuffle regarding hit batters. Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras both got hit, and that shouldn’t have been a big deal. Remember, these are minor-league pitchers the Cubs were facing. Then this happened:
There have been a few HBPs this afternoon. Carl Edwards Jr. was just ejected by HP umpire Alfonso Marquez for hitting Austin Nola in the 6th. Edwards threw arms up in disbelief. Maddon out talking things over with the ump. Montgomery entering.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) March 19, 2019
I mean... that pitch looked like it got away. You can see CJ’s reaction of disbelief in the video, as noted by Jordan Bastian. Don’t think I can recall the last time — if ever — a Cub was ejected from a spring training game.
Then there was yet another good inning thrown by Tyler Chatwood. Granted, this was against minor leaguers, and three substitute minor leaguers at that. But he threw strikes and got three ground ball outs. It’s yet another positive sign for Chatwood, who might just be a great secret weapon in the Cubs bullpen this year.
Here’s video of Willson Contreras throwing out a runner in the first inning:
Thus, showing Willson is just fine after taking a foul ball off his hand last Thursday.
So, this game was pretty eventful, despite being against minor leaguers. Darvish singled in a run, too, in a three-run Cubs fourth.
Attendance watch: On a perfect 82-degree afternoon, the Cubs came up short of a sellout. 13,576 paid to see this one, making the season total for 13 dates 173,899, or 13,377 per date.
Onward: This recap is also serving as a preview for tonight’s game against the Royals. That game will begin at 8:05 p.m. CT. All the threads for both games will reside in the same StoryStream, and a recap for tonight’s game will post at the usual time, 8 a.m. CT tomorrow.
Here are the particulars for tonight’s game.
Almora CF, Adames 3B, Bote 2B, Caratini C, Russell SS, Adduci 1B, Field LF, Zagunis RF, J. Young DH
Jared Young, tonight’s DH, has been getting quite a bit of playing time in big-league spring games. He’s definitely a prospect to watch. Will probably start this year at Myrtle Beach.
Merrifield 2B, Mondesi SS, Gordon LF, Soler RF, O’Hearn 1B, Schwindel DH, Dozier 3B, Maldonado C, Hamilton CF
Thomas Hatch, who was the Cubs’ top pick in 2016, will start tonight’s game. Cubs relievers tonight: Dillon Maples, James Norwood, Randy Rosario, Allen Webster and Rowan Wick .
Jakob Junis will go for the Royals. Other pitchers on the Royals list for tonight: Kyle Zimmer, Jake Diekman, Brad Boxberger, Wily Peralta and Scott Barlow.
Tonight’s game is on 670 The Score. It’s also going to be televised via the Royals network Fox Sports Kansas City and will be available on MLB.tv.
Please note that during spring training, Gameday doesn’t usually go pitch-by-pitch as it does during the regular season — usually, it will update after each at-bat.
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For spring-training games, we’ll have a first-pitch thread at five minutes to game time and one overflow thread, 90 minutes after game time (because I know how you all like overflow threads!). For tonight, that will be 8 p.m. CT and 9:30 p.m. CT.
These threads will not post individually onto the front page; instead, you can find links to them in the box marked ”Chicago Cubs Game Threads” at the bottom of the front page. There will also be a StoryStream on the front page with all the game thread links, as well as the recap after the game is over. The pitcher boxes and regular-season stats will return on Opening Day.
Discuss amongst yourselves.