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


FANTASTIC FOR LIL TONY! I think the Cubs will miss him and the Diamond backs will utilize him properly. GO TONY!!!!!!!

Our Campana trade is already coming back to bite us in the b–t! We should have kept him and given him more at bat training. Good for Tony. He will be a great asset for the Diamond Backs and I wish him the best. GO TONY IS RIGHT! Our loss.

Yes I agree..I miss Tony, and I think you’re right, Tony should have just been trained a little more and he would have been great! Yes…OUR LOST!😦

lol, A Spring Traing game bites the Cubs in the butt? I too wish Campana the best of luck, however he would have had a hard time making the Cubs 25 man roster. Will I miss Campana? Why? Miss his OBP or K’s?
I prefer to look forward to 7 years from now and see what the Cubs received for Campana.

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