The Cubs traveled to Peoria Friday to play the Mariners for the second consecutive day. Kyle Hendricks made his second start of the spring in front of a lineup of mostly minor leaguers.
The Professor was in mid-season form in his 3 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out four batters on 43 pitches, 29 of which were strikes. Neither team was able to dent the scoresheet over the first 4 innings.
The Cubs finally struck first in the top of the 5th, when first baseman Chris Dominguez hit a two-run homer down the right field line. Albert Almora then tripled home Jon Jay to expand the lead to 3-0.
After the Mariners responded with a run in the 5th, the Cubs went back to work. Ian Happ doubled home Eloy Jimenez and was then plated by a Dominguez double. A Chesny Young longball then knocked in Dominguez to put the Northsiders up 7-1.
Happ’s day went from a good to great in the 7th inning, when the switch-hitting infielder blasted a three-run bomb to give Chicago a 10-2 lead. It’s hard not to get excited about Happ’s potential at the dish after a day like this.
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Source:: Cubs Insider