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.
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.
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.