The Cubs played the Padres in Peoria on Saturday afternoon as Drew Smyly finally made an appearance in a Chicago uniform. Both teams pitched very well and the game ended in a deadlock.
The Cubs took a lead in the 2nd inning when outfielder Michael Hermosillo hit a double to center that was misplayed, allowing Hermisillo to come all the way around. San Diego tied the score after a throwing error by catcher Yan Gomes on stolen base attempt in the 3rd.
Use your head.
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) March 26, 2022
Gomes atoned for that mistake with a solo home run to center that put the Cubs back ahead 2-1. Former Yankee Luke Voit answered right back with his own solo shot in the bottom of the frame.
Neither team would add any more offense and the game ended 2-2. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Tied
They couldn’t get anything going at the plate, scattering a handful of hits the final five innings of the game.
Gomes is going to be an important contributor to the Cubs in 2022 especially if Willson Contreras is used frequently at DH, is injured, or (hopefully not) is traded. So it was nice to see him with a bit of pop on his homer.
Gomes dinger pic.twitter.com/LnaPQihqr5
— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) March 26, 2022
Stats That Matter
- Smyly looked very good in his first start, keeping the ball on the ground and getting a couple strikeouts: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 K, and 0 BB.
- Hermosillo had another double and was the only Cub to have two hits in the game.
- Nico Hoerner was 0-for-3 as his slow start continues.
With some of the open questions the Cubs have on their roster, these spring games are slightly more important than they normally would be. Good performances like those from Smyly and Hermosillo could go a long way toward earning them roster spots.
The Royals head to Sloan Park Sunday at 3:05pm CT. Kyle Hendricks makes his third spring appearance in a game available on Marquee.