Cubs 5, Angels 4
MESA, Ariz. (AP) _ Only one thing can be worse than replacement baseball. Replacement baseball with extra innings.
It almost happened at HoHoKam Park on Saturday when the Chicago Cubs rallied from a 4-3 deficit in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game. But they pushed across the winning run on a two-out, bases-loaded walk and defeated the California Angels 5-4 in a contest that took 3 hours, 17 minutes.
The game drew an announced crowd of 4,061, though the real attendance was about half that much. The Cubs normally sell out every spring game with an attendance of 8,963.
The loudest cheer of the day came for Angels owner Gene Autry, who got the ovation for simply walking down the stairs and out of the park.
The second loudest cheer was for a taped version of Harry Caray’s ``Take me out to the ball game,″ but the crowd was most excited in the eighth when a toddler escaped from his mom and ran free throughout the park.
The woman was heartily booed when she caught him and took him home.
Charles Hudson, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 1989, hurled three scoreless innings for the Cubs. The Cubs are now 2-0 and California is 0-1-1.
``I think the caliber of play was fine,″ Cubs manager Jim Riggleman said. ``It’s not major league caliber, but you know this time of year you usually have Double-A players in the game by the fifth inning anyway.″