Jake Arrieta hits long home run, Cubs settle for tie vs. DBacks
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Catcher Willson Contreras’ two-out, infield single in the top of the ninth drove home the go-ahead run from third. But a walk, single and sacrifice fly in the bottom half against prospect James Pugliese left the Cubs with their fifth tie this spring.
On his first swing of the year, right-hander Jake Arrieta belted what Statcast measured to be a 465-foot home run to left-center field in the third inning against Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke. He also drove in a go-ahead run in the sixth on an infield chopper with the bases loaded. “Decent first day at the plate,” said Arrieta, who departed after 77 pitches with a 3-2 lead in the sixth. “On the mound it was pretty good, too. Time was really good; effort was really low. I threw some good changeups, and the curveball’s spin is back to where it was last year. That’s a good sign.”
Veteran left-hand Brian Duensing, who had been sidelined two weeks with back stiffness, returned to pitch an inning in relief. He gave up a single and a sacrifice fly, then got a weakly hit ball to the mound and foul pop. If he stays healthy, he would be the key to the Cubs keeping a 13-man pitching staff.
The Cubs sent seven more players out of camp, trimming the spring roster to 36. Jeimer Candelario and right-handers Alec Mills and Jake Buchanan were optioned to Class AAA Iowa. Non-roster pitchers Dylan Floro, Williams Perez and David Rollins were re-assigned to minor-league camp. Right-hander Jim Henderson was released.
Indians at Cubs, Mesa, 3:05 p.m., cubs.com audio, Carlos Carrasco vs. John Lackey.