RECAP – Cubs 6, Rangers 1

It did not take long for the Cubs to get into the win column, just on the second day, as they beat the Texas Rangers at Sloan Park 6-1 backed by practice homers which are still fun. We will say it again but hearing the crack of a bat is always a great feeling and you know baseball season is back.

Standout Performers

Anthony Rizzo: 2 AB, 1 Hit (HR), 1 Run, 2 RBI
Willson Contreras: 2 AB, 1 Hit (HR), 1 Run, 1 RBI
Ryan Court: 2 AB, 2 Hits, 2 Runs
Luke Farrell: Win, 2 IP, 2 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 Walks, 3 SO

How it Happened

The Cubs wouldn’t wait long to start scoring runs in the game, on the board in the fourth inning with back-to-back homers from Anthony Rizzo and then Willson Contreras that drove in three runs. Each would soar into left field, after being blasted while being ahead in the count. Those would put the Cubs on top 3-1, but they weren’t done scoring yet. Later in the bottom of the sixth inning, a throwing error from Juan Centeno of Texas would help the Cubs tack on two more runs for a 5-1 lead. Finally, in the bottom of the eighth, Charcer Brooks would ground out into a force out which scored Ryan Court for a 6-1 Cubs lead. Three outs from Oscar de la Cruz in the ninth would do it, and the Cubs won their first Spring Training game 6-1.

One Great Moment

You would think it’s obvious that our “One Great Moment” would be Rizzo and Contreras hitting back-to-back homers in the fourth inning, wrong. It’s an amazing defensive gem from Javy Baez who caught the ball acrobatically then got the runner out at first.

Conclusion

We are sure the Cubs and Joe Maddon are glad to get in the win column on just the second day of the games, and the first in Sloan Park. Wins once again are almost pointless in Spring Training, but they are good confidence boosters moving forward. It’s also great to get the main starters in a groove early, to best prepare them for the upcoming season.

Next Up

The Cubs will travel not too far to Scottsdale to face the Giants on Sunday at 3:05 PM Eastern.

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Lucas Babcock is the Editor in Chief and Co-Founder of SportZreport.com. Babcock has been with the SportZreport.com Editorial Team since April 2015.

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