The Cubs finally hit their first patch of adversity in Cactus League play with a loss against Cleveland on Friday. It was still mostly good news, however, as Nico Hoerner and several other players had nice days. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
Two four-run innings allowed by Cubs pitchers doomed them on Friday.
Stats That Matter
- Alec Mills had good movement on all his pitches Friday: 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K, and 1 BB.
- Hoerner mashed a solo shot and also had a well-placed run-scoring single to right.
- Craig Kimbrel showed some rust in his debut: 0.1 IP, 4 R, 4 H, 1 K, 0 BB.
- Javy Báez had to leave after getting hit in the arm by a pitch. Luckily, it was just a bruise and he should be fine.
Mills is one of several guys fighting for a rotation spot, so his strong effort will help his case. Hoerner is more fire than man at this point, mashing everything in sight.
The Cubs head to Maryville to battle the Brewers Saturday at 2:10pm CT. The Milwaukee broadcast is available on MLB.tv.