Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (3/7/21): D-Backs 5, Cubs 4 – Jake Day Is Back
Jake Arrieta made his first appearance in a Cubs uniform since 2017 on Sunday in Scottsdale. Arrieta kept the Diamondbacks off the board early. Home runs from Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras gave Chicago a 3-0 lead.
Adbert Alzolay, competing for a rotation spot, did not have his best stuff on Sunday. The young righty allowed five runs to the D-Backs, who never looked back en route to the win. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
The offense shut down after the early home runs preventing any comeback.
Stephen Vogt hit a two-run home run off Alzolay in the 4th inning to give Arizona a 5-3 lead.
Stats That Matter
- Arrieta had some command issues but avoided damage: 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 K, and 1 BB.
- Alzolay did not avoid damage: 1.1 IP, 5 R, 4 H, 0 K, and 2 BB.
- Contreras walked twice in addition to his opposite-field homer.
It was nice to have a Jake day back in our lives. I’m also hoping that Sunday was just a blip for Alzolay.
The Cubs welcome Texas to Sloan Park Monday at 2:05pm CT. Marquee has the broadcast.