Eddie Butler’s first showing was a good one as the Cubs win 7-3
The only blip Cubs pitching made yesterday was when Alcides Escobar hit a leadoff home run for the Royals. There was five other cubs pitchers that went in and the Royals only got one other hit in the outing.
Eddie Butler made his debut for he Cubs adding much needed depth and threw 21 pitches, 18 going for strikes.
“That was my main goal going in there, was pound the strike zone and get early contact,” Butler said. “One bad pitch — but going in there, attacking the zone, [Escobar] hit a pitch. If I make the pitch, he doesn’t hit it.”
For the Royal’s Nathan Karns, hoping to be the fifth starter for the club, threw two perfect innings at the Cubs before we started opening up the game.
Victor Caratini had three hits for the cubs and scored two runs off Royals errors in the third.
Victor is a switch hitting catching prospect that we stole away from the Braves for Emilio Bonifacio and James Russel in 2014. He is only 22 now and was the 8th best prospect in the Minor leagues at one time. In his first year in rookie ball he had a .415 OBP.
Only other fun thing that happened was Baez continues to put in good spring training work getting a single and score from the leadoff spot.
Here is the stats for the game.