Jonathan Herrera singled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning, and David Ross followed with a bases-loaded double that sent the Chicago Cubs to a 7-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.
Jon Lester opposes Mike Leake tonight at Great American Ball Park.
Cause for concern? Lester is 0-2 with a 6.89 ERA and 1.79 WHIP this season.
“I want our players to embrace all this stuff in Cubdom,” Maddon says.
The Cubs aren’t as concerned about Lester as the national media seems to be.
In reality, new Cubs ace Jon Lester was making his last spring training start, as opposed to his first outing of the 2015 regular season on Sunday evening.
The Cubs are hoping a stable of hot prospects and a tribute to Hall of Famer Ernie Banks on Opening Night will help fans forget and forgive the big mess at Wrigley Field.
“There will be adrenaline” come Sunday night, Lester says.
Lester will make his final spring start on March 31. He is likely to pitch in a minor-league game again.
Lester will throw in minor league games in his next two starts.
Chicago Cubs fans should be happy to know that Jon Lester insists nothing is wrong with his arm after missing a start on Saturday with a “dead arm syndrome.”
The Cubs expect Lester to miss just one spring start.
It was sold for a reported $3.8 million.
Lester hadn’t allowed a run in his first two spring starts. On Monday, he was charged with six runs before leaving with one out in the fourth.
Lester had a poor outing Monday, allowing six runs in 3 1/3 innings.
Jon Lester’s off to a good start, though the Cubs lost 5-2 to the Cincinnati Reds.
Lester emphasized that now’s the time for the Cubs to win.
Chicago opens the season April 5 against St. Louis at Wrigley Field.
“We have a really nice culture,” Theo Epstein says.
The Cubs report to Mesa this Thursday, while the White Sox report to Glendale this Friday.