Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (3/5/19) – Angels 9, Cubs 2: Mike Trout Helps, Hurts Cubs in Tempe

The Cubs brought a regular-season lineup with them to Tempe Tuesday to play the Angels. Catcher Willson Contreras gave the road team an early lead with an assist from Mike Trout, who literally booted Contreras’ 1st inning RBI double. The error allowed the athletic backstop to come all the way home to make it 2-0.

Kyle Hendricks piled up four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work, but left after two singles in 3rd. Mario Meza, recently of the Mexican league, relieved him and Trout blasted his first pitch for a three-run homer.

The Angels jumped all over Rowan Wick in the 5th, blowing the game wide open. The Cubs wick thus extinguished, the Angelinos coasted to a 9-2 victory. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Lost

No offense to Wick and Meza — okay, some offense — but if they are pitching for the Cubs in the regular season things have gone horribly wrong. The Angels jumped all over the two hurlers en route to the win.

Key Moment

Trout’s homer was very impressive, going well over 400 feet. I think this kid might have a future in baseball.

Stats That Matter

  • Contreras added a single to his double in three at-bats.
  • Addison Russell went 2-for-3 with two doubles.
  • Carl Edwards JR. gave up two hits but no runs in an inning of work.
  • Top prospect Nico Hoerner got an at-bat late in the game and grounded out.

Bottom Line

Today offered a glimpse of a potential Opening-Day lineup. It could be a very scary offense if everyone lives up to expectations. That, of course, is a big if.

On Deck

The Cubs welcome the Royals to Sloan Park on Wednesday at 2:05 pm CT. Jose Quintana gets the start and an audio feed is available on MLB.com.

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Sean Holland

Sean was born and lives in Billings, Montana. He is a 4th generation Cubs fan. Going all the way back to when his great grandfather lived in Chicago. Having a degree in history he enjoys bringing the historical perspective to baseball. Also the history of the Simpsons is a particular area of expertise. Sean usually attends Cubs games in Denver every year he can.

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  1. Thanks for the recap, Sean. As you point out in regard to Wick and Meza – we’re seeing quite a few innings from guys who won’t (likely) ever sniff Wrigley Field. Which is all well and good, although I wish we were seeing more of those innings being taken by more top-30 prospects like Hoerner, Roederer and Davis – the latter two aren’t even in AZ, I believe.

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