Chicago Cubs Score and Recap (3/17/21): Cubs 8, Padres 2 – Rizzo and Contreras Power Cubs to St. Paddy’s Day Win

The Cubs ran out what might just be their opening-day lineup against the Padres Wednesday night at Sloan Park. If this game is any indication — typical spring training caveats apply — Chicago may have a very productive order. (Box score)

Why the Cubs Won

The Cubs put up an eight-spot thanks to Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras, who both hammered home runs. Kyle Hendricks was his usual effective self other than an adventure at first base on a single where he collided with Jake Cronenworth. Thankfully, he jumped right back to his feet and went on playing without any issue.

Key Moment

Willson Contreras blasted a three-run homer to left off of Chris Paddack in the bottom of the 2nd inning to give the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

Stats That Matter

  • Hendricks was good other than a hiccup in the 3rd inning: 3.1 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 4 K, and 1 BB.
  • Contreras homered, had a triple, a single, and five runs knocked in on a monster night.
  • Ian Happ had a single and two walks from the leadoff spot.
  • Craig Kimbrel had his first clean inning of the spring: 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K, and 0 BB.

Bottom Line

Our first peek at the Cubs’ regulars tonight looked balanced and power packed. This team could be a potent offense if it stays healthy. Oh, and it would be nice if their top starter didn’t crash into the opposing first baseman.

On Deck

The Cubs head to Goodyear to play Cleveland on Thursday at 3:05 pm CT. The game is available from the Cleveland broadcast on

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