Nine in the Ninth – Cubs 1, Reds 11

Spring Training Game Thirty-Four – Cubs 1, Reds 11

WP – Johnny Cueto (2-1) LP – Jeff Samardzija (2-1) Save – None

Tuesday night’s Cactus League game was a well pitched game, on both sides, until the ninth inning. The Reds sent 14 batters to the plate in the ninth and scored nine times before the Cubs could record three outs. A majority of the damage was done against Carlos Marmol. All six batters Marmol faced reached, and while his defense did not help him out, the Reds hit Marmol very hard. Marmol was charged with six runs, three earned, on four hits with a walk in 0.0 innings pitched.

Jeff Samardzija had a very good outing his last tune-up before Opening Day. Samardzija made only two mistakes in his five innings of work. Samardzija surrendered a two-out, two-strike single to Johnny Cueto then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Cueto to get into scoring position. Emmanuel Burriss doubled in Cueto with the only run off of Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija allowed one run on five hits with no walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Samardzija was on a pitch count limit (75) or he could have gone longer.

Hisanori Takahashi struck out the side in the sixth before giving up a solo homer to Todd Frazier in the seventh. Takahashi gave up the one run on one hit with no walks and three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Shawn Camp surrendered a hit in one-third of an inning. James Russell pitched a scoreless eighth then started the ninth. Russell gave up a one out double to Donald Lutz before turning the ball over to Carlos Marmol.

The Cubs offense was non-existent on Tuesday. Johnny Cueto held the Cubs in check for six innings, but they had plenty of chances. Steve Clevenger (2-for-2 with a double and a RBI) knocked in the Cubs’ lone run in the seventh inning. Dave Sappelt (2-for-4) had a good game against his former team while Welington Castillo (1-for-3 with a run scored) scored the Cubs only run.

The Cubs scored one run on eight hits with three walks … 1-for-10 with RISP and left 10 on base.

Tuesday was the first night game at HoHoKam Park since March 28, 2005 when the Cubs faced the Mariners.

Jeff Samardzija made quick work of the free-swinging Reds’ offense in the first two innings. Samardzija retired the side in order in the first, then faced the minimum in the second. Denis Phipps led off the second with a single to center. Todd Frazier then rapped into a 6-4-3 double play on the first pitch he saw … two pitches, two outs for Samardzija. Samardzija struck out Donald Lutz swinging to end the inning.

The Reds broke through against Samardzija in the third. Jason Donald grounded the first pitch he saw to Barney for out number one. Samardzija caught Hanigan looking for the second out but could not put Johnny Cueto away. Cueto singled to center on a 1-2 pitch then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Emmanuel Burriss plated Cueto with a hustle double to right center … 1-0 Reds. Heisey flied out to center to end the inning.

Other than David DeJesus extending his spring hitting streak to 13 games with a single, the Cubs did nothing against Cueto in the third.

Jeff Samardzija worked around a two-out double by Denis Phipps off the batter’s eye in center field without allowing any runs.

The Cubs wasted a golden opportunity to put runs on the board in the fourth. Anthony Rizzo reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a single to center off the bat of Dave Sappelt. Nate Schierholtz grounded into a 6-4 fielder’s choice. Welington Castillo struck out swinging with runners on first and third, but Luis Valbuena walked to load the bases. Darwin Barney grounded out to short to end the inning.

After four, the Cubs were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left five on base.

Jeff Samardzija retired three of the four batters he faced in the fifth to end his outing. Ryan Hanigan reached on a one-out single, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Cueto, before Burriss flied out to right center for the third out.

Hisanori Takahashi struck out the side in the sixth … Heisey looking, Bruce swinging and Phipps swinging. Takahashi stayed in for the seventh, and Todd Frazier greeted him with a long homer to left. Frazier launched Takahashi’s first pitch and gave the Reds a 2-0 lead. Takahashi retired Lutz and Cesar Izturis to end his outing. Dale Sveum went to his pen for Shawn Camp.

Ryan Hanigan reached on a two-out single to left (2-1 pitch) before Camp retired pinch-hitter Junior Arias on a grounder to first to end the inning.

Alfredo Simon replaced Johnny Cueto in the seventh … and the Cubs finally put a run on the board.

Welington Castillo led off the seventh with a bloop single to right. Luis Valbuena hit a tapper up the first baseline he thought was foul. Valbuena did not run, and was tagged out. Castillo advanced to second with one down. Steve Clevenger pinch-hit for Camp and blooped a double to left. Chris Heisey dove but could not come up with the ball. Castillo scored, 2-1 Reds. Brent Lillibridge flied out to right center to end the inning.

James Russell was sharp in the eighth. Jay Bruce tripled to right with two down but Russell struck out Derrick Robinson looking to end the inning.

The Cubs wasted another scoring chance in the eighth. Dan Vogelbach, up for the day from minor league camp, reached on a one-out walk and advanced to second on a single to right off the bat of Dave Sappelt. Alfredo Simon struck out Schierholtz swinging for the second out. Jeimer Candelario, up for the day from minor league camp, grounded out to second to end the inning.

The Reds turned a 2-1 game into an 11-1 route in the ninth.

James Russell started the inning by retiring Todd Frazier. Lutz doubled to right center and Sveum went to his pen for Carlos Marmol. Marmol was beyond horrible. The Reds seemingly hit everything that was in the strike zone very hard.

Cesar Izturis doubled to right past a diving Vogelbach. Lutz scored, 3-1 Reds. Corky Miller singled in Izturis and Marmol walked Chris Berset. Burriss reached on an error by Jeimer Candelario. Miller scored, 5-1 Reds. Burriss swiped second with Heisey at the plate. Heisey singled to left. Berset scored, 6-1 Reds. Jay Bruce followed with a single to right that plated Burriss … and Dale Sveum decided that was enough for Carlos Marmol.

Michael Hamann replaced Marmol and the Reds took advantage. Hamann walked Robinson to load the bases with one out. Lohman hit a sac fly to right center that plated Heisey, 8-1 Reds. Donald Lutz then cleared the bases with a three-run homer to right that cleared both bullpens and ended up on the berm … that is a long home run. Izturis followed with a single to left. Izturis advanced to second on a wild pitch before Corky Miller grounded out to second to finally end the inning.

The Cubs put two on in the bottom of the ninth … but walked away without any runs against Clay Hensley.

The Cubs travel to Surprise to take on the Royals on Wednesday night … Scott Feldman against James Shields.

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