Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (3/3/20): Rockies 11, Cubs 10 – Happ Strong in Late Loss

The Cubs headed to Scottsdale to play the Rockies in the Statcast-friendly confines of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. José Quintana made his spring debut, but it was Ian Happ who earned the attention for Chicago.

The switch-hitting center fielder blasted a solo homer to lead off the game, which helped to mitigate the early damage on the other side. Quintana struggled in the 1st inning, allowing several hard-hit balls. Two of them could have been caught, but Happ and Kyle Schwarber lost them in the Arizona sun and Nolan Arenado took advantage by crushing a two-run homer to cap the rough frame.

Happ singled home another run in the 2nd inning and Quintana had a clean bottom half to conclude his afternoon. Willson Contreras gave the Cubs the lead with a two-run knock in the 4th inning and they seemingly broke things open with several more runs in the 5th. Alas, the Rockies staged a late rally to earn a walk-off win. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Lost

Dakota Mekkes had a rough outing in the 9th and gave up five runs to earn the loss.

Key Moment

Donnie Dewees launched a three-run home run in the 5th inning to put the Cubs up 8-4.

Stats That Matter

  • Quintana was a bit rusty early before settling down: 2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 1 K, and 0 BB.
  • Happ also walked and made a couple of nice diving catches.
  • Steven Souza Jr. doubled and drew three walks in a perfect day at the plate.
  • Nico Hoerner had three hits, including a double in four at-bats.

Bottom Line

The Cubs outfield continues to have a very impressive spring, with Happ and Souza pacing the unit Tuesday.

On Deck

Chicago heads to Goodyear to tangle with Nicholas Castellanos and the Reds at 2:10pm CT. Marquee Sports Network once again has the television coverage.

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