The Cubs lost last night to Los Angeles 5-3. Here is some of the latest Cubs news/notes/fun in bullet points.
- The Cubs fall to 38-31 this season with a 14-20 road record. They sit 1.0 game behind Milwaukee for first place entering today.
- Yu Darvish makes his Dodgers Stadium return tonight as the starting pitcher for the Cubs. Darvish’s last start in LA was Game 7 of the 2017 World Series, in which the Dodgers lost. He has never faced the Dodgers in his career until tonight.
- Anthony Rizzo is still on fire:
Anthony Rizzo starts the night off with HR #18!
He had 11 at this time last season ? pic.twitter.com/5nxkAFFOez
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) June 15, 2019
- More positive Craig Kimbrel news:
Craig Kimbrel will throw against hitters in Az again on Saturday. If all goes well it’s possible he could join Triple-A Iowa after that.
— Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) June 15, 2019
- Kris Bryant having some fun:
Kris Bryant: “I didn’t even know we played them next week.” https://t.co/ULwYSzvgLF
— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 15, 2019
And finally, some highlights from the Cubs farm system on Friday:
- RHP prospect, Zach Mort struck out 5 over 4.0 innings in the Eugene Emeralds season opener. Mort allowed just 3 hits in the shutout.
- #30 prospect, RHP Andy Weber went 4-for-5 with 2 RBI for South Bend. 4 hits are a Cubs MiLB career-high for Weber.
- RHP prospect, Derek Casey picked up the win for South Bend in a quality start. Casey yielded 3 hits and 1 earned run in 6.0 innings. He struck out 5 and walked none.
- #8 prospect, LHP Justin Steele was dominant for Tennessee. 7 of Steele’s 10 outs came as strikeouts. He had 4 walks, cutting his start short at 3.1 innings. However, Steele picked up his 2nd consecutive scoreless start.
- Cubs top pitching prospect, RHP Adbert Alzolay was on fire again for Iowa. Alzolay allowed 8 hits and just 2 earned runs in 6.0 innings. He struck out 9 and walked none. Alzolay is now 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in his last 5 starts. He has struck out 40 in 28.0 innings during the stretch. And the better yet, Alzolay has only walked 3 during the span. Incredible.