3/1 D-backs 6, Cubs 2
Tony Campana, traded to Arizona before Cactus League games started, delivered a two-run pinch-hit double in a four-run sixth to spark the Diamondbacks to a 6-2 victory Friday over the Cubs.
D-backs starter Trevor Cahill walked David DeJesus to open the Cubs first, Luis Valbuena singled and Anthony Rizzo hit a RBI double. One out later, Nate Schierholtz hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Jeff Samardzija, vying for the Cubs’ Opening Day assignment, breezed through the first but had some trouble in the second. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases in the second on a single and two walks, and a run scored when Mark Teahen hit into a double play. Samardzija gave up one run on one hit and three walks over three innings, striking out one.
“You don’t want to be in those situations [like the second inning],” Samardzija said, “but you’ll be in those situations during the year and it’s almost like when you get in those situations like I was today, if you take a deep breath, and understand, ‘OK, let’s work on getting out of this,’ so if it comes up in the season, you have a better idea of how to do it.”
Teahen hit a one-out RBI single in the fourth off Michael Bowden to tie the game. Arizona loaded the bases in the sixth against Rafael Dolis, who then walked two in a row to force in two runs. Dolis exited, and Campana, who was designated for assignment Feb. 10, then traded to Arizona one week later for two 17-year-old Minor League pitchers, greeted Blake Parker with a two-run double.
“Good for him, bad for us,” Dale Sveum said of Campana, who also hit a triple.
Campana is slated to open the season with the D-backs’ Triple-A team.
– Carrie Muskat