Kyle Hendricks had another outstanding performance on Thursday against Arizona at Sloan Park. A little power from an unexpected source supplied the Cubs offense. (Box score)
Why the Cubs Lost
The D-Backs hit a pair of garbage-time jacks to take a lead in the 9th inning.
Jason Heyward blasted a two-run homer to right-center field against Robbie Ray in the 2nd inning. Kyle Schwarber scored ahead of Heyward to make it 2-0 Cubs.
Stats That (Don’t) Matter
- Kyle Hendricks’ numbers are impressive: 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H. 7 K and 0 BB. He has yet to walk a batter the entire spring while striking out 14, pretty, pretty, pretty good.
- It was nice to see Heyward hit a home run against a left-handed pitcher, or any pitcher for that matter. If J-Hey wants to keep his playing time, increased slugging is a must.
- Kyle Schwarber had a hit and was robbed of a second by former Cardinal voodoo magic practitioner Jeremy Hazelbaker.
Hendricks has been scintillating so far this spring. I can’t wait to see him to pitch in games that count.
The Cubs head to Camelback Ranch to tangle with the White Sox Friday. Yu Darvish starts, and get this: It’s on TV. That’s right, we finally get to see Darvish pitch for the Cubs. The 3pm CT start time airs on NBC Sports Chicago and an audio feed is on cubs.com.