Spring Training Game Twelve – Cubs (ss) 5, Dodgers (ss) 6
WP – Dustin Richardson (1-0, BS 1) LP – Edgar Olmos (0-1) Save – None
The Cubs tied the game in the eighth inning on a bases loaded walk by Victor Caratini and a sac fly from Albert Almora Jr. After the Dodgers took the lead in the bottom of the eighth, Jesus Guzman launched a two-out, two-run homer that gave the Cubs a 5-4 lead. Edgar Olmos and Frank Batista could not throw strikes in the ninth and walked in two runs as the Cubs lost to the Dodgers in Glendale on Saturday night.
There wasn’t much offense for either team until the eighth inning. Seven of the 11 total runs were scored in the final two innings after Joe Maddon and Dave Roberts emptied their benches and gave minor leaguers a chance to play in a Cactus League game.
Willson Contreras stood out in Saturday night’s game both at the plate and in the field. Contreras went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored. Defensively, Contreras made two outstanding plays while showing at times he still has development to do in the minors.
Contreras threw out two runners on the bases Saturday. The first was speedy Micah Johnson trying to swipe second base in the third inning.
Contreras picked off Chase Utley from first base with Austin Barnes at the plate to end the fourth inning.
Ben Zobrist (1-for-3 with a double and a walk), Jorge Soler (0-for-2 with two walks), Juan Perez (1-for-4 with a RBI), Jesus Guzman (2-for-2 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored), Albert Almora Jr. (0-for-3 with a sac fly RBI) and Arismendy Alcantara (2-for-2 with two runs scored) were the Cubs offense for the most part Saturday night. The Cubs scored five runs on nine hits with five walks and struck out six times.
Trevor Cahill kept the ball down in his three innings of work on Saturday night. It was two wild pitches that gave the Dodgers the two runs he allowed. Cahill pitched a 1-2-3 first inning and retired the side on 16 pitches.
The Dodgers broke through against Cahill in the second inning. Chase Utley tripled to left center with one out. With the infield in, Cahill walked Austin Barnes. An 0-2 offering to Cody Bellinger got away from Willson Contreras. Utley scored and Barnes made it all the way to third when Cahill couldn’t handle the throw from Contreras. Cahill bounced a pitch to Charlie Culberson that Contreras could not keep in front of him. The second wild pitch of the inning allowed Barnes to score and the Dodgers to take a 2-0 lead.
Cahill gave up a leadoff single to Micah Johnson in the third. Willson Contreras threw him out at second and Cahill ended up facing the minimum in the third inning.
Trevor Cahill was charged with two runs on two hits, one walk and two wild pitches. Cahill struck out two in three innings.
Adam Warren followed Cahill and made one mistake in his three innings. Austin Barnes hit a solo homer off Warren in the fifth inning that gave the Dodgers a 3-0 lead. Warren was sharp outside of the longball by Barnes. Warren gave up one run on two hits without a walk and two strikeouts.
Stephen Fife pitched the seventh and eighth innings on Saturday night and had a better outing than his final line indicates. Fife set the Dodgers down in order in the seventh (Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Austin Barnes). Fife was taken off the hook when Jesus Guzman went yard in the ninth. A throwing error by minor leaguer Jesse Hodges put the go ahead run on second base with one out in the eighth. Charlie Culberson scored on a single by Brandon Hicks after Victor Caratini dropped the throw from Anthony Giansanti. Fife was charged with one unearned run on one hit with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings.
Edgar Olmos was given a one-run lead to protect in the ninth. And the lefty could not throw strikes. Olmos walked two, gave up a hit and the only out he recorded was on a sac bunt. After Olmos walked the bases loaded, Joe Maddon went to his bullpen for minor leaguer Frank Batista. The Dodgers tied the game at five when Batista walked Culberson and won it when Batista walked Hicks and forced in Farmer with the winning run.
With Saturday night’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 3-9 in the Cactus League.
The Cubs hit the road Sunday and make the short trip to HoHoKam Park for an afternoon game (3:05pm CDT) with the Athletics. Kyle Hendricks is scheduled to face Jesse Hahn.