I’m in the Valley of the Sun, but not heading to a game until the Cubs face the Rockies Tuesday at Sloan Park. So, like anyone else outside the Cubs market territory, I was ready to sit down and watch the Marquee Network’s second broadcast.
Only... it wasn’t on MLB.TV. The only video available was the Dodgers broadcast. The only thing I can assume is that this was a MLB.TV glitch and hopefully it will be solved by tomorrow. Trust me, the Marquee Network and the Cubs want you to watch games on the channel! They are not doing this on purpose!
So, it was interesting to listen to Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser describe the Dodgers’ 4-2 win over the Cubs. Of course, the commentary is Dodgers-centric, but you have probably heard both these guys on national broadcasts before. Hershiser has done work for ESPN and Davis calls some Saturday games for Fox. They do a good job.
The game was yet another early-spring contest in which the regulars play only a few innings and then give way to minor leaguers and non-roster guys who won’t be anywhere near Wrigley Field when the season begins.
The Cubs took the lead in the top of the fourth on their second homer of the season, this one courtesy of Victor Caratini [VIDEO].
So that was good. So was the pitching of Tyler Chatwood and Colin Rea, who held the Dodgers scoreless through the first three innings. Rule 5 pick Trevor Megill was touched up for a run without the benefit of a Dodger hit when he walked Justin Turner. Turner advanced to second on an infield out and scored on a pair of wild pitches.
The other Dodger runs were scored off Ben Taylor and Caleb Simpson, and I had to go look both those guys up to see where they came from. Taylor pitched briefly for the Red Sox (2017) and Indians (2018) and spent last year at Reno, the Triple-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks. Simpson was the Giants’ 21st-round pick in 2013 and spent the last six years in their system, signed by the Cubs over the winter as a minor-league free agent. The Dodgers players who scored the runs off them were also minor leaguers, so the result of this game means pretty much nothing for the Cubs’ 2020 regular season.
The only other Cubs highlight was this nice sliding catch [VIDEO] by Ian Miller on a sinking fly ball in the sixth inning.
Monday, the Cubs head to Peoria to face the Mariners. Adbert Alzolay will start things off for the Cubs and Marco Gonzales will start for Seattle. Game time is again 2:05 p.m. CT and the Marquee Network is covering the game. Let’s hope MLB.TV gets things straightened out with Marquee on Monday, because there’s no Mariners TV broadcast — if there’s no Marquee on MLB.TV, out-of-market folks will have audio only.
Patience. It’s spring training for everyone.