Cubs Unable to Cash In a Spring Win, Settle for a Tie in Peoria – Cubs 5, Padres 5

Spring Training Game Thirty – Cubs (ss) 5, Padres 5 – 9 innings

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The Cubs battled back in Peoria on Tuesday night with four runs in their final two at bats, but Javier Baez was stranded at third with the go ahead run in the ninth and the game was called after nine innings. The Cubs had numerous chances to put runs on the board Tuesday night in Peoria but were unable to come up with the big hit when they needed one. And ended up with their first tie of the spring.

The Cubs outhit the Padres (11-6) but were 3-for-17 with RISP and left 10 men on base. Only one of the 11 hits went for extra bases and that was by minor leaguer Rubi Silva (1-for-2 with a double and a RBI) in the eighth inning. Ryan Kalish (1-for-4 with a RBI, a walk and a stolen base) drove in one of the Cubs runs and picked up his sixth stolen base of the spring. Ryan Sweeney (2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored) reached base three times in four plate appearances.

Javier Baez (1-for-5 with a stolen base) collected a hit and stole third base in the ninth inning. Baez committed two of the Cubs’ three errors on the night. Chris Coghlan (1-for-4 with a run scored), Emilio Bonifacio (1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored), John Baker (1-for-3) and minor leaguer Yasiel Balaguert also recorded hits. Dustin Geiger (1-for-1 with a RBI and a run scored) plated Rafael Lopez (1-for-2 with a run scored) with a single in the ninth.

C.J. Edwards made his first start in a big league Spring Training game. Edwards was scheduled to pitch three innings but three walks shortened his outing. Edwards faced the minimum in the first inning on five pitches thanks to a slick 6-4-3 double play started by Javier Baez. Edwards gave up a run in the second inning after Ryan Kalish misplayed a single into a leadoff triple. Edwards needed 27 pitches, 16 for strikes, to get through two frames. The Padres caught up to him in the third inning. A Seth Smith single, a Xavier Nady ground rule double, a walk and a sac fly led to the two runs he allowed in the third before turning the game over to Zac Rosscup.

C.J. Edwards was charged with three runs on four hits with three walks and a strikeout. Edwards threw 49 pitches, 26 for strikes, in 2 2/3 innings. After his outing, Edwards told ESPN Chicago that he was so nervous in the first inning that his right leg started shaking.

Zac Rosscup pitched 1 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief of Edwards. Rosscup struck out two of the four batters he faced. Wesley Wright struck out two and walked a batter in the fifth. And Marcus Hatley struck out the side in his inning of work while working his way out of a jam.

Ryan Searle was impressive in the ninth inning. Searle retired the side in order with two strikeouts.

With Tuesday night’s tie, the Cubs are 12-17-1 in Cactus League play with four games left on the spring schedule.

Scoring Plays

Xavier Nady led off the second with a single to right that Ryan Kalish misplayed into a triple. Nady hit a sinking liner that Kalish misjudged. The ball hit off his glove and Nady ended up at third on what was ruled a single and a two-base error for Nady. Rene Rivera hit a fly to left that plated Nady, 1-0 Padres. C.J. Edwards issued back-to-back walks to Cory Spangenberg and Alberto Gonzalez. After a visit from Chris Bosio, Travis Jankowski grounded into a 3-6 fielder’s choice and Edwards caught Andrew Cashner looking to end the inning.

Chris Coghlan reached on an error by Spangenberg at second to start the third inning. C.J. Edwards bunted Coghlan to second. After Bonifacio struck out swinging, Ryan Kalish blooped a single into left. Coghlan scored, game tied at one. With Rizzo at the plate, Kalish stole second but Anthony Rizzo lined out to left to end the inning.

Alexi Amarista led off the Padres’ third with a flyout to center. Seth Smith singled to right and moved up ninety feet when Edwards walked Kyle Blanks on four pitches. Chris Bosio made another visit to the mound, but that one did not work. Xavier Nady hit a ground rule double to right. Smith scored, 2-1 Padres. With runners on second and third with one out, Rene Rivera hit a fly into center that Sweeney broke back on initially. Sweeney ran in and made a sliding catch that allowed Blanks to tag and score from third, 3-1 Padres. Rick Renteria went to his pen and replaced C.J. Edwards with Zac Rosscup. Cory Spangenberg rolled one to Bryant at third to end the inning.

The Padres tacked onto their lead in the seventh. Alexi Amarista reached on Javier Baez’s second error of the game. Jonathan Sanchez walked Seth Smith. Kyle Blanks flied out to center, but the first pitch to Gabriel Quintana skipped past Rafael Lopez. The passed ball allowed both runners to move up ninety feet. With the infield in and one down, Quintana doubled to right. Amarista and Smith scored, 5-1 Padres. Rivera flied out to center. Sanchez issued a four-pitch walk to Cory Spangenberg. Rick Renteria went to his pen for Jeffrey Lorick. And Lorick caught pinch-hitter Clint Moore looking at a 2-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs scored a run in the eighth against Padres’ reliever Nick Vincent. After Rizzo struck out swinging (3-2 pitch, foul tip), Ryan Sweeney singled to right and advanced to second on a single to center by Javier Baez. Rubi Silva launched a double off the wall in center. Sweeney scored, 5-2 Padres. With runners on second and third with one out, Kris Bryant worked a full count before striking out swinging for the second out. Chris Coghlan was caught looking at a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs tied the game in the ninth against Blaine Boyer. Rafael Lopez singled to left. Bonifacio walked. With runners on first and second with no outs, Kalish popped out to third. Dustin Geiger singled in Lopez, 5-3 Padres. Bonifacio stopped at second. Gioskar Amaya hit for Armando Rivero struck out swinging. Javier Baez stepped in with two on, two out and the Cubs down by two runs. Baez hit a mile-high pop up into center. Clint Moore, the Padres’ second baseman dropped the ball. Bonifacio and Geiger scored, game tied at five. Baez swiped third but Rubi Silva grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cubs make the trip from Mesa to Scottsdale on Wednesday afternoon to face the Diamondbacks. Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Brandon McCarthy.

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