Video from the Cubs First Cactus League Game of 2013

The Cubs made the short trip from Mesa to Tempe on Saturday afternoon to face an Angels’ split squad team … and the Cubs came out on top in the Cactus League opener 11-2.

There were plenty of positives for the Cubs in the exhibition game. Brett Jackson showed off his new swing and went 2-for-2 with a pair of triples, two RBI and a run scored. Luis Valbuena launched a towering homer in the second off Jerome Williams and Anthony Rizzo (1-for-2 with a walk) doubled in one of his three plate appearances.

Several of the young players made the trip and quite an impression. Junior Lake (1-for-3 with a home run) hit a monster shot in the ninth inning that left the park and Jorge Soler (1-for-3 with a double and a run scored) doubled in a run and scored another on a RBI single off the bat of Javier Baez (1-for-3).

Hector Rondon made his Cubs’ debut with mixed results, and Trey McNutt seemed to settle down after a rough start to his outing.

Here is video from the Cubs’ first Cactus League game of the spring.

Logan Watkins

Brett Jackson in the On Deck Circle

Brett Jackson’s First Triple

Brett Jackson’s Second Triple

Trey McNutt

Junior Lake

Jorge Soler

Javier Baez

Junior Lake

Hector Rondon

Jorge Soler

A recap of the Cubs spring win over the Angels will post later tonight that includes observations from the park.

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  • Vivid_Reality

    Cautiously optimistic is how I would describe my feelings towards Brett Jackson right now. Extremely impressive results in an extremely short sample. Makes me wish the outfield wasn’t so crowded right now.

    • Brp921

      He looked good, I hope he keeps it up. Someone commented on an earlier post that his stance reminded them of Rizzo’s and I agree.

  • Brp921

    Thanks for the videos Neil. It was great to see the younger guys play.

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  • bluekoolaidaholic

    Spring training hitting doesn’t mean much, probably because of the mixed quality of pitching, but wow, I love the look of these up and comers, especially the new and improved Brett Jackson,

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