Legends On Deck

LOD Daily Cactus Report 3/5/18

Now that I am out here in Cactus League country scouting some of these games in person, our Daily Cactus Report is going to have a little twist to it. We are going to bring a report from the “LOD Cactus League Game of the Day”.

Cactus League Game of the Day 3/5/18

Cubs 5 Rockies 4

For starters, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is a great complex. You pass a couple of the “back fields” and batting cages on your way into the stadium so it gives you a spring training vibe as soon as you enter. The concourse goes completely around the stadium, giving you access to a huge lawn area with both the Rockies and the Diamondbacks offices in opposite corners of the outfield. Of course, the scenery is beautiful, as it is in most places in Arizona.

The game itself was great as the majority of the starters for both clubs took the field for about half of the game. Tyler Anderson got the start on the mound for the Rockies and Kyle Hendricks took to the hill for the Cubs. Anderson struggled to find the strike zone in this one and when he did find, he usually got hit hard. Ian Happ was the source of a couple of those hits.

Happ led off the game when he smoked a double down the left field line. He also homered in the fourth to almost dead center. Both of those balls were hit over 108 mph as Happ put together a 3/4 day and continued his hot Spring.

After the Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an Addison Russell single that chased home Happ, Charlie Blackmon did some damage when he took a Kyle Hendricks breaking ball out of the park for a two run homer. Anthony Rizzo also homered in this one.

When you look through the box score you will notice it was the big names that contributed, but Ryan Court, who stepped in for Tommy La Stella, made the biggest impact. With the game tied at four a piece in the top of the ninth, Court put a 95 mile per hour Yency Almonte fastball in the seats to give the Cubs the 5-4 lead. That would prove to be the final as Oscar De La Cruz logged the save in the bottom half of the frame.

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