Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Luke Maile Leads Blue Jays in Rout of Braves; Tyler Chatwood Improves to 3-0 for Cubs

Players of the Day for Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Maile: 2-3, 4RBI, HR
Grapefruit League

Scoring in every inning except the second and third, the Toronto Blue Jays blasted the Braves in a 13-6 road rout.

The Jays banged out 13 hits, two of them by Toronto catcher Luke Maile, who drove in four runs with a fourth-inning sac fly and a seventh-inning three-run homer. He also singled and scored in the sixth inning, on a triple by Gift Ngoepe.

Maile played portions of the 2015 and 2016 seasons with Tampa Bay, and last year saw action in 46 games with the Blue Jays. Batting just .176 last season, Maile is expected to back up Russell Martin behind the plate.

The win brought the Blue Jays to 9-10, 4 1/2 games off the pace being set by Houston.

Cactus League

Splitting a pair of games on Tuesday, the Cubs held onto a slim, 1/2-game lead in the Cactus League over the charging Brewers, winners of four straight.
Chatwood: 3-0, 5 IP, 1 H

Chicago kept its home record at perfection, winning their eighth straight at the Spring Training home, Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ as Tyler Chatwood hurled five strong shutout innings in a 2-1 victory over the Giants.

Chatwood allowed just one hit, improving his preseason record to 3-0, striking out nine while allowing two walks.

Acquired by the Cubs after the 2017 season, Chatwood broke in with the Angels in 2011, and spent the rest of his time with Colorado, where he went 8-15 last season, with a 4.69 ERA. The Cubs apparently saw something they liked in the 28-year-old right=hander, as they have him listed as their fifth starter in the rotation for 2018.

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