MINORS: Braves 9 - Cubs 1
Lucas 69 pitches
Myles 82 pitches
Colins 58 pitches
Baseball games in April in North Cambridge start off a bit chilly and end raw and damp and cold. But it's still baseball and a precursor to the warmer days of May and June, just around the corner. This year, baseball in April, at least in North Cambridge Minor League is a week of exhibition games, where teams try out new pitchers, batters attempt to get their timing, and infields are still working out the intricacies of who covers which base on batted balls.
But tonight the Braves and the Cubs were able to put into play everything they learned in practice. Fielders scooped up ground balls and threw to the right base. Bases were covered and throws were caught. Two fly balls were snagged, one by the Braves' pitcher Lucas, diving toward home plate. Another caught by the Cubs' infielder Gavi, in the manner taught by every coach. Bats were swung, and not left on shoulders, and the results were impressive, a home run by Tianna of the Cubs, and an RBI triple by the Braves' rookie Peter.
The Cubs also had a pitching debut by Colin, which hinted at greater performances to come. And the Braves' pitcher, the aforementioned Lucas was able to hold the Cubs to 1 run, while his team racked up 9.
But it's still April baseball in North Cambridge Minor League, a cold night, an exhibition game, and a lot of work left to be done. April baseball still holds a promise for warmer nights, and better things to come. And that being the case, there will be some pretty good baseball to be played over the season, by both the Braves and the Cubs.
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