Both teams got solid performances from their starters. The Cubs broke the game wide open with a six-run eighth inning. The Rockies followed by having a four-run showing at the bottom of the very same inning making it very interesting going into the ninth inning. The Rockies Starter Tyler Anderson pitched well against the Cubs. Tyler threw five innings letting up three runs on six hits, striking out four with no walks. "In terms of executing, it was probably better than the line, but there were a couple of hitters there where it got away for a little bit, "Anderson said in an interview during the broadcast.

Excellent offensive production by the Cubs

The first runs that the Cubs scored in the game came off a leadoff double in the third. The ball was hit to center by Jeimer Candelario. This was followed by a single to the left by Munenori Kawasaki that put runners at the corner. These runners were brought in by a Kyle Schwarber single followed by an Albert Almora Jr sacrifice fly. Ian Happ is staying strong during the Cactus League. He continued by going 1-for-3 with two RBIs raising his batting average to .400. The Cubs bats really heated up in the eighth inning. Against Jairo Diaz of the Rockies, who made his first appearance, let up the five runs on five hits and a walk in the eighth. A big home run by Matt Szczur brought in two runs that helped bring the score to 9-6 in that same inning.

Kyle Hendricks still getting strikeouts

The Cubs' right-hander pitched 4 2/3 innings only allowing two runs in the fourth.

Hendricks is continuing a steady pace of strikeouts in his Cactus League starts. Kyle has 14 in his 13 2/3 innings pitched. He got in trouble in the fourth when Trevor Story hit a leadoff double. An infield single followed it by Raimel Tapia. Christian Adams and Dustin Garneau hit run-scoring singles to bringing the game to 3-2 Cubs.

The only other run production by the Rockies came in the eighth. Max White led the charge with a two-run double, bringing the run total in the inning to four. These runs were all scored off Alec Mills. He made the game interesting with a wild pitch, an error, two singles and the double by Max that allowed four runs.

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