With their 13th straight year playing in Las Vegas, the Chicago Cubs took on the Cincinnati Reds. The game yesterday was one that should have had a mercy rule after seven innings. This one got really carried away even starting in the first inning after the Chicago Cubs scored six runs. Eleven batters came up to the played in that inning during the short outing by Tim Adleman. A total of five home runs were hit during this game with one Cub going deep twice. The Chicago team ended up with 21 total hits during this ball game that took place in Las Vegas.

Major plate production

The 22 run outing for the Chicago Cubs all started with the first pitch of the game. Anthony Rizzo smacked a home run on the first pitch of the day deep over the right field wall. A few batters later Albert Almora, in the cleanup spot, hit his first homer of the day with a three-run blast with Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber on base. Almora, besides his two home runs, also hit a double to end the day with five RBIs. By the time the baseball game got into the sixth inning it was already 9-2.

Then the wheels really fell off for the Reds. After the second home run by Albert Almora, Victor Caratini and Taylor Davis both singled to load the bases. Bijan Rademacher then launched a grand slam making the game 13-2 and capping off an eight-run sixth inning.

The last of the offensive production for the Chicago Cubs came from a Charcer Burks three-run home run.

Eddie Butler with another strong outing

Eddie Butler still trying to make his case to join the big league club.

He went out and pitched 4 2/3 inning and only let up two runs on Sunday. Eddie also struck out one and walked only one. After this outing, he now supports a 3.07 ERA in spring training games.

Projected to start in Triple-A Iowa, Butler while talking to Cubs.com's Carrie Muskat, he describes knowing this is a business first.

"I'm trying to make that decision as hard as I can. If I end up down there, I'll do everything I can to be back up as quick as possible. I'll go out and dominate as much as I can and show them I should've made the team out of spring."