3/28/2013 1:27 A.M. ET
Cubs rally late to force draw with Royals
By Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The Cubs rallied for five runs in the eighth and two in the ninth against a Royals split squad, and the teams settled for a 10-inning, 9-9 tie when the game was ended by mutual agreement Wednesday night at Surprise Stadium.
Royals second baseman Chris Getz went 6-for-6 and James Shields, warming up for his Opening Day starting assignment against the White Sox, had a productive outing against the Cubs.
Getz had a triple, a double and four singles in his perfect night. He led off the 10th inning with his sixth hit but was wiped out as Billy Butler grounded into a double play against left-hander Jeff Antigua.
"Obviously, I'd much rather it'd be an official game, but I felt good from the first at-bat on," Getz said. "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."
Shields gave up two runs on three hits in five innings. But reliever Luke Hochevar was tagged for five runs in the eighth inning and the comeback Cubs tied the score, 9-9, in the ninth against his successor, Aaron Crow. The two ninth-inning runs came on Darwin Barney's double, Nate Schierholtz's triple and David DeJesus' sacrifice fly.
This was Shields' fifth Cactus League start and he finished with a 2-1 record and a 6.75 ERA, rebounding from his worst outing five days ago. Shields wheeled through four innings, facing the minimum 12 batters, before giving up two runs in the fifth.
"I ended it strong, I feel really good out there -- really crisp," Shields said. "I was pounding the strike zone, getting ahead of hitters for the most part, and it was a good way to end it."
The Royals made a pleasant 81-degree evening rather unpleasant for Scott Feldman. The Cubs' No. 4 starter was cuffed for seven runs on 12 hits in his 4 1/3 innings.
Lorenzo Cain, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon each clubbed a solo home run off Feldman.
The Cubs' eighth-inning eruption against Hochevar included Schierholtz's single, DeJesus' triple, Luis Valbuena's double, Anthony Rizzo's walk, Alfonso Soriano's single and Dioner Navarro's two-run double that brought the Cubs to within a run.
The triple gave DeJesus a 14-game hitting streak.
"Shields was putting it where he wanted. He was tough," DeJesus said. "Then the lefty [Tim Collins] came in. The only pitch I really got to hit 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. That kind of got the ball rolling and that was a big inning for us."
Up next: The Cubs will close the Arizona portion of their spring schedule on Thursday at 2:05 p.m. CT against the Mariners with their last game at HoHoKam Park. Carlos Villanueva will make the start, his final tuneup before the regular season. The Cubs are moving to a new facility in west Mesa next year, and this ends a 17-year run at HoHoKam. The game can be viewed on Comcast Sports Net and MLB.TV with a free audio webcast on cubs.com.
Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.