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.
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.
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.
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.
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.