Cubs tie D-Backs 5-5
For the fifth time this spring, the Cubs played to a tie, giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth as the North Siders and Arizona ended the game after nine innings at Salt River Fields.
Jake Arrieta pitched into the sixth and threw 79 pitches in his longest outing of the spring. Arietta gave up a two-run homer in the first and then got charged with a run after allowing the leadoff hitter in the sixth to reach and eventually scored after he left the game. Arrieta finished with a line of 5 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. Arrieta was also the Cubs offense for the first six innings, smacking a solo homer in his first spring at-bat and added a RBI groundout in the sixth. Brian Duensing made his first appearance since March 9, allowing an inherited runner to score and working a scoreless sixth. Koji Uehara surrendered a solo homer in the seventh and needed 30 pitches to get out of the frame, allowing a double and walk. Caleb Smith retired the only hitter he faced and Carl Edwards, Jr. got the final two outs of the eighth, one on strikes. RH James Pugliese was unable to hold the lead in the ninth, surrendering the tying run.
Cubs grabbed a 5-4 lead in the top of the ninth on RBI single from Willson Contreras. Tommy La Stella added a solo homer in the eighth.Cubs prospects playing were John Andreoli (2-2, R, SB), Jeimer Candelario (1-1, BB), Albert Almora (0-4, 3 K), Ian Happ (1-1), Carlos Penalver (0-0), Bijan Rademacher (0-1).
Cubs announce starters
Joe Maddon announced the Cubs starters for the first five road games. Maddon already said Jon Lester would get the ball on opening night and Jake Arrieta would take the hill in game two of the series with St. Louis. John Lackey will pitch the final game in St. Louis with Brett Anderson and Kyle Hendricks getting the ball the first two games in Milwaukee. Try not to read much into any of this. Its just how it all shook out during spring training and when the playoffs roll around, you can pretty much guarantee that Kyle Hendricks will be getting the ball. Also not much of a surprise that Anderson, not Mike Montgomery is starting the year in the rotation. Anderson has never pitched in relief during his career and with rash of injuries throughout his career, needs the extra time to get ready and prepare for each outing. Montgomery will be the long reliever, similar to the role that Travis Wood played the past two seasons.