Ian Happ hit his third home run of spring training Thursday, a two-run shot in the third inning that landed in the Cubs’ left field bullpen. But the Rockies rallied behind a two-run home run by Sam Hilliard off left-hander Daniel Camarena in the eighth to forge a 2-2 tie before 10,167 fans at Sloan Park. Yu Darvish was scratched from his scheduled start because of illness and instead threw a 35-pitch bullpen. Alec Mills started in place of Darvish and struck out three while pitching two scoreless innings.
At the plate: Catcher Willson Contreras hit the ball hard twice against German Marquez, singling to right field in the first but being robbed of a hit by shortstop Trevor Story in the third. Two of Mark Zagunis’ three strikeouts occurred on third strikes.
On the mound: Left-hander Brian Duensing rebounded from his rough debut Monday with a perfect third inning while displaying a sharp breaking ball. Shae Simmons, who walked three in his first outing Sunday, struck out two while pitching a perfect fifth.
In the field: The defense of Taylor Davis continues to improve behind the plate. Davis nailed Mike Tauchman on a steal attempt in the seventh. Happ looks more comfortable in center as he battled the sun to catch a Tony Wolters fly in the sixth.
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