Cubs’ Jake Arrieta works around ‘feel’ issues, strikes out five
MESA, Ariz. — There was a two-batter sequence in the third inning of the Cubs’ 9-8 loss to the Padres when starting pitcher Jake Arrieta “felt left-handed,” as he put it. What gives? He was kidding, of course, but Arrieta said he “lost feel” on the mound as he issued consecutive walks on a total of nine pitches.
Other than that, no worries — he struck out five and had his fastball-changeup combo going, setting a couple of batters down on wicked changeups.
“It’s a good sign for a second outing,” he said. “I’ll take it.”
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It was a fine afternoon for Kyle Schwarber, who batted leadoff and made a glove-side catch running back on the warning track in left. Schwarber walked leading off the game and had two hits, including a massive shot high off Hohokam Stadium’s Green Monster-style wall in center that rises above the 410-foot sign. It went for a triple but, just about anywhere else, would’ve been at least a 440-foot homer.
OK? YEAH, OK
Kris Bryant hopped away from home plate after appearing to foul a ball off his foot. Two pitches later, he skied a home run out to right-center. Guess he’s fine.
RIZZO — WHOA
Anthony Rizzo fouled one back and right into a large press box window, spider-webbing it directly above the head of a media member who would’ve been showered most unpleasantly. Fortunately, the window held its shape.
Cubs at Padres, Peoria, 3:10 p.m., cubs.com, John Lackey vs. TBA.
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