Rain cut the Reds game with the Cubs short at a sold out Goodyear Ballpark but Scott Feldman was able to complete his longest spring outing.
Feldman the Reds’ Opening Day starter made his fourth Cactus League start Wednesday night.
His last outing was a minor league game Friday against the Chicago White Sox Triple A Charlotte team in which he pitched four innings.
The Reds scored four runs in the fourth off Cubs starter, Ryan Williams. Joey Votto singled in front of Adam Duvall’s second home run of the spring. A double by Hernan Iribarren drove in Eugenio Suarez, who walked and Patrick Kivlehan, who singled. Feldman gave himself a five-run lead with a single to score Iribarren.
"As pitchers we try our best, but obviously we haven't really mastered the craft of hitting,” said Feldman, who homered off Bronson Arroyo in his only game at Great American Ball Park to date on May 24, 2013 as a member of the Cubs.. “I just try to work on it as much as we can in Spring Training so you can at least put the bat on the ball and hope something lucky happens when you're up there."
Middletown graduate Kyle Scharber beat the Reds’ shift with a bunt single to lead off the game. Devin Mesoraco caught Schwarber stealing two pitches later.
Feldman allowed four other base runners until the fifth, Two walks to University of Cincinnati graduate Ian Happ and Kris Bryant. Jason Heyward reached on a throwing error by Iribarren. Matt Szczur singled to lead off the fifth Schwarber hit his third home run of the spring to put the Cubs on the board.
"Felt good about it,” Feldman said. “Hopefully get those walks to a minimum next time out before the season. Felt like command could always be better at this time of the year, but I was able to for the most part battle through some command issues and get back into some counts, threw some changeups, threw all my pitches tonight and got my pitch count up there so should be ready to go."
A strong wind kicked up during the Cubs fifth. After Mesoraco singled rain sent 11,553 fans to the concourse unaware that the game had been called. They were crowded on the tiny concourse unable to move when the announcement came the game was called off.
Reds’ starters have allowed three runs in the last 14 2/3 innings, including the two allowed by Feldman on Wednesday.