Cubs @ Reds: Darvish vs. Gray (Game 40

CHC (25-14): RHP Yu Darvish (2-3, 5.40 ERA)
CIN (18-24): RHP Sonny Gray (0-4, 4.15 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

We're roughly a quarter of the way through this season. The Cubs are in first, Bryant is back on track, Baez and Contreras still look like All-Stars, and Hendricks has found his groove.

Rockies Relentless at Salt River Fields

Jesus Asuaje rifled two doubles, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Bladimir Restituyo belted a triple and an RBI single, stole two bases, and scored two runs, and Reese Berberet  (RBI double), Julio Carreras (RBI single), and LeeMarcus Boyd (RBI single) contributed run-scoring hits to a 15-hit attack, as the Rockies repelled the Cubs "B" team 6-2 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Tuesday morning on Dust Storm Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick east of Scottsdale, AZ.    

The Rockies stole seven bases (no CS) and had traffic on the bases every inning (they left 14 men on base in addition to scoring six runs). 

Caleb Knight (a two-run double and a single) and Fabian Pertuz (two singles, a double, a stolen base, and a run scored) provided most of what there was of Cub offense in the game. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

Cubs @ Reds: Hendricks vs. Roark (Game 39)

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-4, 3.19 ERA)
CIN: RHP Tanner Roark (3-1, 3.27 ERA)
First pitch 5:40pmCDT

Hendricks has been fantastic in his last two starts. He followed up his 81-pitch shutout with an eight inning start allowing 1 unearned run. Watch out for Joey Votto, 8-18 against Hendricks but cold to start the year.

A Trio of Triples and a Tater Help Cubs Upend D'backs

Fabian Pertuz ripped a triple and scored on a Jonathan Soto sacrifice fly to put the Cubs on the board in the bottom of the 2nd, D. J. Wilson smacked an RBI triple in the 3rd, Rafael Mejia belted a two-run triple in the 5th, and Brennen Davis blasted a solo HR leading off the bottom of the 7th, helping the Cubs "B" team rally from an early 3-0 deficit to overtake the Diamondbacks 5-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Monday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ. 

Prior to the game on Field #5, RHP Keegan Thompson (on AA Tennessee 7-day IL since April 11th) threw "live" BP on Field #6.  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):

D. J.'s Choice of Music Not to A's Liking at Riverview

D. J. Wilson tripled, walked twice, stole a base, and scored two runs, Luis Diaz collected two RBI (an RBI double and walked with the bases loaded to force-in a run), and Jake Slaughter drilled an RBI single, walked, and scored, as the Cubs "A" team edged the Athletics Green squad 4-3 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Saturday morning on Field #5 at the Riverview Baseball Complex on John Arguello Way in Mesa, AZ.  

The Cubs drew nine walks (including three by Yonathan Perlaza) and had two batters reach base via HBP to aid their cause. 

The game was called after eight innings of play. 

RHP Erich Uelmen (on Myrtle Beach 7-day IL) got the start for the Cubs and worked 3.1 IP (61 pitches - 69% strikes), allowing one run on three hits (two singles and a double). He didn't issue any walks, he struck out four (three swinging), and he induced the A's hitters who did make contact to repeatedly pound his pitches into the ground (6/0 GO/AO).  

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

Perez, Albertos, and Lee Silence D'backs Bats at Talking Stick.

Jake Slaughter, Gioskar Amaya, and Luis Verdugo stroked run-scoring singles to highlight a three-run 5th inning and Yunior Perez, Jose Albertos, and Chi-Feng Lee combined to hurl six innings of no-run/no-hit ball (Fauris Guerrero surrendered the first hit with two outs in the bottom of the 7th), as the Cubs "A" team defeated the Diamondbacks 3-1 in Cactus League Extended Spring Training game action Friday morning on Whirlwind Field at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Resort east of Scottsdale, AZ.   

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only):  

Cubs vs. Brewers: Series Thread (Games 36-38)

The Brewers (23-16) come into town hot off a pair of series sweeps and looking to knock the Cubs(22-13) off the NL Central hill. Meanwhile, the Cubs will aim to handle business as well as they did last weekend against the Cards. See below for the matchups in each game.

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