Thursday, March 28, 2013 2:09 am
Getz has 6 hits for Royals in tie with Cubs
The Associated Press
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 tie.
Getz doubled and tripled and led off the 10th with an infield single.
"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 on track."
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 go."
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.