The Cubs had some fun under the lights at Camelback Ranch against the Dodgers Thursday night, jumping out to a huge lead early and never looking back. While the pitching was solid, it was the hitters’ night, especially young Nico Hoerner. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Won
In that 3rd inning, Ildemaro Vargas ripped a two-run double to score a pair and give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.
Stats That Matter
- Trevor Williams made his Cubs debut and pitched around some baserunners: 2 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 4 K, and 0 BB. He also struck out Mookie Betts twice.
- Hoerner had three hits including a double and stole a base as he maintained his great start.
- Ian Happ also had a homer and walked in three plate appearances.
Hoerner is forcing his way into a starting spot behind a more open stance that has him driving the ball all over the park.
Alec Mills starts as the Cubs welcome Cleveland to Sloan Park Friday at 2:05pm CT in a game airing on Marquee Network.