Game report: D-backs 3, Padres 3

Chase Anderson delivers a pitch to the Padres in the first inning.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Chase Anderson looked very much like a fit in the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation Thursday, when he  giving up one run in six innings against San Diego while maneuvering his way through several tricky situations.

 Anderson gave up six hits, a walk and a hit batsman while striking out four in a 3-3 tie against the Padres that was called after 10 innings. San Diego put runners on first and third with no outs in the third and fifth innings but scored only once, on Matt Kemp’s infield groundout in the third.

 "I feel like I’m right on track," said Anderson said, whose has a 1.84 ERA in four spring training appearances, not counting a minor-league game his last time out.

 "Whatever happens, happens. I feel good and I’m ready to go. I feel like I’ve pitched well, but they are out there making the decisions. I’m out there doing my job trying to help the team win. That’s all I’m focused on."

 In the fifth inning, Anderson stepped off the rubber as Kemp broke for second base, and he made a quick throw to second baseman Aaron Hill, who ran Kemp back into an out at first while keeping the runner on third. It was the kind of crisp baseball play that manager Chip Hale appreciates.

 "He kept his composure. He was calm about it," Hale said of Anderson.

 A.J. Pollock had two hits and two RBI, continuing his strong spring. He is hitting .375 in 48 at-bats with four doubles and four RBI. Pollock had a similar spring last season, hitting .378, leading into a strong start to the regular season before he suffered a broken hand.

 Tuffy Gosewisch and Cliff Pennington had the D-backs’ two extra-base hits, both doubles.

 "He continues to hit well, especially with two strikes," Hale said of Gosewisch.

 Chase Anderson: He threw 85 pitches, 54 strikes, in his longest appearance of the spring. Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso was the only Padre that gave him much trouble, singling in each of his three at-bats.

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 Anderson threw perhaps his best pitch of the day to the first batter he faced, a 2-2 changeup that Wil Myers swung through. Anderson a struck out Justin Upton with a well-placed fastball, high and away, with one out and a runner on third base in the fifth.

 "His stuff wasn’t great, but he battled," Hale said. "When he had to, he made pitches against a good major league lineup. He did a good job. I would think if he pitches that way, continues to get outs, he would be one of our guys.  We are not ready to make a decision."

 Trevor Cahill: He pitched threw a spring-high 83 pitches in a minor league game against Cincinnati on a back field Thursday. His new delivery appears to be helping his control, said pitching coach Mike Harkey, who saw Cahill in his first two innings.

 "The biggest thing, you don’t look at the record, you look at the misses," Harkey said of Cahill’s location. "When he misses, he misses around the plate. He’s able to repeat (his delivery). "

 "It doesn’t flatten out and stay up," Cahill said of the way the ball is coming out of his hand this spring.

 Alan Webster: Webster, who was limited to eight batters in his last outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday after being ejected from the game, pitched 1-2/3 innings in relief of Anderson against San Diego.

 Former ASU infielder Brett Wallace hit a two-run homer off Webster to tie the game in the eighth inning, after Will Middlebrooks walked with one out.

 Jake Lamb had two singles while hitting second in the order. Lamb started at third base and moved to first base in the seventh inning as the D-backs continue to look at him as a possible very occasional replacement for Paul Goldschmidt. Yasmany Tomas, who played in an intrasquad game Thursday, also at worked at third and first in the morning drills. . . . Catcher/infielder Jordan Pacheco, whose versatility makes him a roster option, played two innings at first base against the Padres. . . . D-backs general manager Dave Stewart talked about Daniel Hudson before the game on Fox Sports 910 radio. "Our biggest concern, we keep him healthy." Hudson’s input will weigh into the D-backs’ decision of whether he is a starter or a reliever. . . . Nick Ahmed had a hustle-double to left-center field and scored on Aaron Hill’s single to left-center in the seventh inning. Ahmed, who appears to be emerging as a top candidate to open the season shortstop, is hitting .297 with three doubles in 37 at-bats. Second baseman Hill is hitting .171 in 35 at-bats.

  Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson has not pitched since March 14 because of what Harkey called a dead arm. "Instead of having it turn into tendinitis, we wanted to nip it in the bud now," Harkey said. Hellickson, who is likely to follow Josh Collmenter and Rubby De La Rosa in the rotation, is scheduled to start against Kansas City on Saturday. . . . After pitching in a "B" game Tuesday, closer Addison Reed is scheduled to make his first appearance in a split-squad spring training game Friday game against Cleveland. . . . Patrick Corbin and David Hernandez are expected to throw off a bullpen mound Friday, the second time for each as they return from Tommy John surgery.

 Diamondbacks (ss) vs. Cleveland, Salt River Fields, 1:10 pm

 Probable pitchers: Diamondbacks — RHP Josh Collmenter, RHP Randall Delgado, RHP Evan Marshall, LHO Oliver Perez, RHP Addison Reed. Cleveland — RHP Corey Kluber, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Cody Allen, RHP Jeff Manship. 

 Diamondbacks (ss) at Los Angeles Angels, Tempe Diablo Stadium, 1:10 pm

 Probable pitchers: Diamondbacks — RHP Archie Bradley, LHP Matt Reynolds, RHP A.J. Schugel, RHP Enrique Burgos, LHP Dan Runzler. Angels — LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Huston Street, RHP Joe Smith.