Cubs manager Joe Maddon on Yu Darvish's illness, which forced him to skip his scheduled spring training debut on March 1, 2018. (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)
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 session. 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, 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.
Key number: 1 — Combined mound visits by Cubs and Rockies
Up next: At Angels, 2:10 p.m. Friday at Tempe Diablo Park. LH Jose Quintana vs. RH Garrett Richards.