As I mentioned in the last blog, spring training wins and losses really don’t matter. However, from a fan perspective, it’s just a lot more fun to win. So, after three straight games where the Cubs had a lead in 9th inning, but lost, yesterday was a much more pleasing result. A 3-run eighth inning comeback resulting in a 4-3 Cubs victory over the Colorado Rockies at a packed Sloan Park. The attendance of 15,501 was the third largest ever to see a Cactus League game.
The comeback win was spearheaded by some of the Cubs top minor league prospects. Power-hitting outfield prospect Eloy Jimenez hit an opposite field solo-HR in the eight inning. Not to be outdone, Ian Happ crushed a 2-run HR giving the Cubs the lead. Eddie Butler who pitched the final two innings for the Cubs closed the Rockies out in order. The only other Cubs offense to speak of before the eight inning was Kyle Schwarber’s first spring HR, which came in the third inning.
Jon Lester got the start and gave up a run in the first. He settled down after that and finished three innings, giving up 1 run, on 4 hits, 1BB, and 4K’s.
It was a warm sunny day in Mesa that saw the temperature reach 89 degrees, which is quite a bit above the normal 75 degree average high for this time of year here. The 10-day forecast looks much the same, highs in the mid to upper 80’s and even hitting the 90’s. It’s a good thing that Sloan Park’s stadium was built with plenty of shade!
The Cubs are taking on the A’s today at their old spring home, Hohokam Stadium. Enjoy the photos by John Antonoff!