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Cubs 3, Brewers 1: Joc Pederson’s homer leads the Cubs to victory

The Cubs took advantage of Milwaukee errors.

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The Cubs had just six hits in Saturday’s game, but one of them was a two-run homer by Joc Pederson (oppo, his second of the spring) and that was all the Cubs would need in a 3-1 win over the Brewers.

Shelby Miller threw two decent innings, though he was touched up for a run in the second. Miller’s not going to make this team, but if healthy, he will provide useful starting pitching depth at Iowa. I suspect, as an MLB veteran, he’d go to Iowa with an opt-out in case the Cubs don’t call him up by a certain date.

Here’s a nice breaking pitch Miller used to strike out Christian Yelich in the first [VIDEO].

In the top of the third, the Cubs should have been retired 1-2-3 but Ian Happ reached on an error by Orlando Arcia.

That’s when Pederson followed with his homer [VIDEO].

That was all the scoring until the sixth. In the interim, Tyson Miller, Keegan Thompson and James Norwood threw scoreless frames. None of those has a real chance to make the Opening Day bullpen, but Norwood continues to fire at 97-98 miles per hour. If he’s not useful to the Cubs perhaps they could trade him.

In the sixth, David Bote led off with a triple. One out later, Austin Romine singled him in [VIDEO].

Michael Rucker, who the Cubs lost to the Orioles in spring 2020 then got him back, threw a scoreless sixth, striking out the side. Juan Games finished up and also struck out the side, though he allowed a baserunner on his own throwing error.

There was some information on the Brewers TV broadcast that you, as a Cubs fan, might be interested in if you didn’t watch. First, announcer Brian Anderson noted that FSN Wisconsin, the Brewers TV channel, is picking up a couple of Milwaukee away games produced by the other team’s network. Also, FSN Wisconsin is part of the Fox Sports RSN group that was purchased by Bally’s recently, and they will be re-branding as a Bally’s network on Opening Day. There will likely be a lot of gaming information on the channel as sports TV seems to be pivoting that way. Whether this is a good thing or not remains to be seen.

Here are a few more Cubs notes from Saturday:

Sunday, Jake Arrieta will make his Cubs re-debut against the Diamondbacks. Merrill Kelly will go for Arizona. Game time Sunday is 2:10 p.m. CT and TV coverage will be via the D-backs channel FSN Arizona with their announcers.