Cubs down the Rockies
Matt Szczur had three hits, including his first homer of the spring, as the Cubs beat the Rockies 9-6 at Talking Stick on Monday.
Szczur finished the day 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Ian Happ got the start at second and went 1-for-3 with two RBI while Albert Almora (1-for-3) and John Andreoli (1-3) plated runs. Other prospects seeing action were Bryant Flete (0-1), Charcer Burks (0-1), Jason Vosler (0-1, R), Taylor Davis (0-0), Alberto Mineo (0-1).
Making his fourth start, Kyle Hendricks got the start and threw 64 pitches over 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four punchouts. Justin Grimm got the final out of the fifth and Wade Davis recorded his third straight scoreless outing with two strikeouts. Koji Uehara worked a 1-2-3 seventh and Alec Mills tossed the final two frames, surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks.
Puerto Rico reaches finals
Eddie Rosario’s (Twins) sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th scored Carlos Correra (Astros) and gave Puerto Rico a 4-3 walk-off win over Netherlands in the semi-finals of the WBC on Monday night. Cubs second baseman Javier Baez went 2-for-4 with a walk and stole a base. Baez also gunned down runner at home on a relay throw in the bottom of the fifth.