Jose Quintana pitched well and Kris Bryant closed the spring on a hot note, but the Cubs offense could not do much against the Red Sox pitching staff. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
The Cubs had trouble putting men on base today, and thus could not get anything going in a game that felt kind of like the last day of school.
The Cubs made a comeback bid in the top of the 8th, with Mark Zagunis and Chris Gimenez hitting RBI singles.
Stats that (Don’t) Matter
- Bryant went 2-for-2 with a triple
- Pedro Strop pitched a clean frame, only allowing a single and striking out none
- Jose Quintana did not register a K, but he didn’t walk anyone; in fact, the Cubs issued no walks at all
The Cubs are healthy and ready to begin their National League Central title defense.
The Cubs have Wednesday off before heading to Miami to start the regular season against the Marlins. Jon Lester will take the bump for the Cubs while Jose Ureña will start for the Marlins. First pitch is at 11:40 am CT and the game will be broadcast on WGN and ESPN (out of market only).
Spring training is officially over, folks!