Cubs 9, Royals 9(10)
Chris Getz sure wished this game was in April.
Getz went 6 for 6 and drove in two runs Wednesday night, helping
a Kansas City split squad play the Chicago Cubs to a 9-9, 10-inning
Getz doubled and tripled and led off the 10th with an infield
”Obviously, I’d much rather it’d be an official game, but I
felt good from the first at-bat on,” said Getz. ”I’ve been
feeling good for a while now and to get results, that’s rewarding.
It was a fun night and it’s too bad we couldn’t pull off the `W,’
but it certainly helps confidence for me going into the year.”
Alex Gordon, Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas and Lorenzo Cain
homered for the Royals, but the Cubs rallied from a six-run deficit
after seven innings to tie the score.
James Shields pitched five strong innings, allowing three
singles and two runs in five innings for the Royals.
In his previous outing, Shields allowed nine runs on 11 hits and
three walks in five innings against the Los Angeles Angels.
”Sometimes you get hit around a little bit in spring
training,” Shields said. ”I worked really hard with Dave (Eiland,
pitching coach) in the bullpen in between these last starts and it
was good news. I translated it right into the game. It was just my
direction to the plate. I felt I was missing about six inches in my
last game and the reason was because I was coming out of my
delivery a little bit. We fixed that real quick and got right back
Against the Cubs, he faced the minimum number of batters the
first four innings.
”I ended strong,” Shields said. ”I felt really good out
there, very crisp. My direction today was very good. I was pounding
the strike zone and getting ahead of the hitters for the most part.
It’s a good way to end.”
It was Shields’ final tune up before starting the opener Monday
against the Chicago White Sox.
”I’m looking forward to Monday. I’m excited,” Shields said.
”It’s the first day of baseball. I think our team is ready to
Cubs right-hander Scott Feldman gave up seven runs on a dozen
hits. Feldman, who is the Cubs’ No. 4 starter, had an 11.25 ERA in
six spring training starts, allowing 25 runs and 38 hits, including
seven home runs, in 19 innings.
David DeJesus stroked a RBI triple in the Cubs’ five-run eighth
to extend his hitting streak to 14 games and his sacrifice fly in
the ninth scored Nate Schierholtz to tie the score. DeJesus struck
out in his first two at-bats after not striking out in his previous
15 games and 47 plate-appearances.
”The only pitch I really got to hit up to that point was the
one I hit for a triple, it was elevated and up over the plate and I
was able to take a short-swing to it,” DeJesus said. ”That kind
of got the ball rolling and that was a big inning for us. On the
sacrifice fly, it was one of those where (Aaron) Crow is going to
come at you. I wanted to see a ball up and stay through it. I was
hoping it went under his (Cain’s) glove.
NOTES: The Cubs claimed RHP Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from
the Blue Jays. Moscoso is 11-12 with a 4.16 ERA in 57 major league
appearances, including 24 starts, over four seasons with Texas,
Oakland and Colorado. .The Royals optioned LHPs Francisley Bueno
and Donnie Joseph to Triple-A Omaha and INF-OF Irving Falu to
Triple-A Omaha and assigned LHP Atahualpa Severino to minor league
camp. . With Falu’s demotion, Miguel Tejada, the 2002 AL MVP who is
in camp on a minor league contract, will be kept as a backup
infielder. Tejada, who is hitting .367, went 2 for 3 with a walk in
an afternoon loss to Milwaukee. Tejada, who turns 39 in May, did
not play in the majors last year. . The Royals acquired minor
league OF Desmond Henry from Texas as the player to be named in the
November trade that sent LHP Tommy Hottovy to the Rangers. . Cubs
1B Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the eighth after being called out
on a check swing. . The Royals are 23-7-2 and have wrapped up the
Cactus League title.