Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (3/16/19): Cubs 7, Diamondbacks 1 — Cubs Come from Behind to Rout Snakes

Kyle Hendricks has been knocked around this spring, coming into today’s matchup against Arizona with a 6.14 ERA. He continued that trend by allowing a run in the bottom of the 1st on an RBI single by Ildemaro Vargas after walking leadoff hitter Steven Souza Jr., but the Cubs offense came alive with a three-run 4th to take him off the hook.

The Northsiders didn’t look back, scoring one more in the 5th on a David Bote oppo taco and three in the 6th to blow out the D-backs. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Won

The Cubs were aggressive on the basepaths and capitalized on scoring opportunities, while the Diamondbacks were unable to execute despite 8 total hits.

Key Moment

After Ben Zobrist and Kris Bryant reached base against Arizona starter Matt Koch in the top of the 4th, Anthony Rizzo hit a double to the right field wall to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead.

Stats that Matter

  • The Cubs were 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position, with four runners left on base.
  • The D-Backs went 1-for-17 in RISP situations, leaving 10 men behind.
  • Rizzo went 1-for-2 with 1 R,  2 RBI, and 1 BB.
  • David Bote went 2-for-3 with 1 R, 2 RBI, and the homer.

Bottom Line

The Cubs’ top contributors were all involved in today’s rallies, and while Hendricks was rough in the early going, the pitching staff was able to hold the D-Backs to only one run.

On Deck

The Cubs will host the Rockies for St. Patrick’s Day at 3:05pm CT at Sloan Park in Mesa. José Quintana will take the hill in search of his second spring win.

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Laura Messer

Laura grew up a Cubs fan in Northwest Illinois and became an avid follower of the team during the Sosa-McGwire home run chase. Currently, she is the #1 Cubs fan in Toronto, Canada. She writes about MLB (and occasionally other sports) at farnorthsider.com. You can find her on Twitter @farnorthsider.

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