Cubs @ Pirates: Series Thread (Games 4 & 5)

The Cubs took two out of three from last year's NL Central champs and nearly pulled another from the grip of a Brewer's staff that put a lot of hurt on the 2021 team in the early going. In their first away series of 2022, they'll take on some softer competition from fellow NL Central basement dwellers, the Pittsburgh Pirates. See below for the daily matchups.

Cubs vs. Brewers: Series Thread (Games 1-4)

Game 1, April 7, 1:20 pm ct

CHC: RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-0, -.--)

MIL: RHP Corbin Burnes (0-0  -.--)

The belated 2022 Opening Day is upon the Cubs! Rotation mainstay Kyle Hendricks gets his third Opening Day start. He is opposed by the 2021 Cy Young winner, Corbin Burnes, and the reigning NL Central Champs. 

Grab your preferred snacks, beverages, and couch companions. Baseball is back again.

Friday, April 8, 1:20 pm ct -- Postponed due to weather 

Game 2, April 9, 1:20 pm ct

Paris & Yon Take Out the Trash at Riverview

Kyren Paris smacked a solo HR and Edwin Yon belted a two-run HR, leading the Rocket City Trash Pandas (Los Angeles Angels AA affiliate) to a 7-4 victory over the Tennessee Smokies (AA affiliate of the Chicago Cubs) in Cactus League Spring Training Minor League Camp game action Saturday afternoon on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ.  

Pete Crow-Armstrong singled twice, drove-in two runs, and scored another, and Bryce Ball collected three singles and scored a run for the Smokies. 

There was only one home game played on the Riverview backfields on Saturday, as the Iowa Cubs - Salt Lake Bees AAA game was played in the stadium (Sloan Park).  

Here is the abridged box score from the game played on Field #6 (Cubs players only): 

Sierra Salami Too Much for Giants to Swallow

Jonathan Sierra slugged a grand slam HR and walked and scored, and Ismael Mena drilled a two-run double, walked twice, and scored a run, leading the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Cubs' Lo-A affiliate) to a 10-5 drubbing of the San Jose Giants (Lo-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants) in Cactus League Minor League Camp game action Thursday afternoon on Field #6 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Victor Bericoto belted a two-run triple and scored a run for the Giants in a losing cause. 

The game was pre-planned as a seven-inning affair. 

There was only one home game on the Riverview backfields on Thursday, because South Bend played Eugene in the stadium (Sloan Park). 

Here is the abridged box score from the game on Field #6 (Cubs players only): 

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