Hendricks solid for Cubs in 3-3 tie with Athletics
MESA, Ariz. (AP) Kyle Hendricks allowed one hit in four scoreless innings in the Chicago Cubs' return to their former HoHoKam Stadium spring home, but the Oakland Athletics rallied for three runs in the ninth for a 3-3 tie Sunday.
Hendricks gave up only a two-out double to Billy Butler in the second inning. He finished with five strikeouts and a walk.
The Cubs scored twice in the first. Anthony Rizzo hit the first pitch of the game by Jesse Hahn for a double and came around to score on a wild pitch. Jeimer Candelario's two-out home run made it 2-0. John Andreoli hit a solo homer in the seventh.
The A's tied it in the ninth on run-scoring singles by Franklin Barreto and Tyler Ladendorf and a sacrifice fly by Matt Olson.
Cubs: Hendricks was one of the top control pitchers in the National League last season and feels as if he can follow a similar path this year.
''So many things can happen, but I feel good. I felt good last spring,'' said Hendricks, who started 32 games last season.
He said his fastball command was good and he was able to work on the angle and depth of his off-speed pitches.
A's: Hahn threw 46 pitches in three innings and gave up two runs and three hits with a walk and two strikeouts.
''His curveball was as good as I've seen it, and we plan to extend him next time,'' A's manager Bob Melvin.
Cubs LF Kyle Schwarber showed little or no effects from a sore knee that forced him out of a game Thursday and sidelined for two games.
The A's claimed right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles and put right-hander Jarrod Parker on the 60-day disabled list after Parker fractured his right elbow on Thursday.
Oakland also optioned two players to Triple-A Nashville (INFs Renato Nunez and Rangel Ravelo), one to Double-A Midland (RHP Raul Alcantara) and eight players to its minor-league camp (LHP Daniel Coulombe and Dillon Overton, RHPs Ryan Doolittle, Chris Smith and Taylor Thompson, C Beau Taylor, INFs Richie Martin and Josh Rodriguez. The A's now have 51 players in camp.
HAVE NO FEAR, RICKEY'S HERE
Hall of Fame outfielder Rickey Henderson is in the A's camp for a brief period as an instructor.
''There's nobody that can't benefit from him being here,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.
Melvin recalled the time in 1985 when he was a rookie catcher with Detroit and Henderson was in the first of his five seasons with the New York Yankees. Melvin threw out Henderson, who would finish with 1,406 career stolen bases, at second base.
''He overslid the bag,'' Melvin said.
Cubs: RHP Jake Arrieta, last year's NL Cy Young Award winner, makes his second start of the spring against San Diego at Sloan Park in Mesa. In his previous start on March 9, Arrieta pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four against the Cleveland Indians.
A's: RHP Sonny Gray, named by Melvin as the opening day starter, takes the mound for a night game against Bay Area-rival San Francisco at HoHoKam Stadium.