Former Cub Campana comes up clutch, goes 2-for-2 with double, triple
MESA, Ariz. -- 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."
The right-hander called the outing a "confidence booster" because he escaped serious damage.
"Ultimately, when you can make mid-game adjustments, which I felt I did today, that's important," Samardzija said. "Instead of taking two or three innings to do it, if you can take two or three pitches, I thought I did that."
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," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said of Campana, who also hit a triple.
D-backs Up Next: The D-backs play host to the Rangers on Saturday at Salt River Fields at 1:05 p.m. MT. It will be fans' last chance to get a look at Miguel Montero, Martin Prado, Gerardo Parra and Willie Bloomquist before they leave for the World Baseball Classic on Sunday. Wade Miley will make his first start of the spring for the D-backs.