The Cubs Spring Training Report – Cubs Finish What They Started in Arizona

Game Thirty: Cubs 7 Diamondbacks 4

Updated – 5:16pm C.S.T. and 9:04pm C.S.T. with a Photo Gallery from Cashman Field
Update – 5:16pm C.S.T. – The Cubs announced that Sean Marshall will start the Sunday night, ESPN game against the Cardinals on April 9th….not the April 8th game as previously reported.

wflag.jpg The Cubs finished the Arizona part of the 2006 Spring Training schedule the same way they started it….with a win. Remember back on March 2nd when Opening Day seemed so far away and now it’s just right around the corner. The Cubs got the offense going on Thursday, they pounded out 16 hits including a three run home run by Aramis Ramirez and Jacque Jones first home run as a Cub….a solo shot in the first inning. Derrek Lee had 3 hits and Matt Murton and Jerry Hairston had a pair of hits a piece.

Jerome Williams had his best outing of the spring, but unfortunately it was to little to late. Williams line looks good, but it is the 4 walks that is still alarming. Williams pitched 5 innings and gave up 1 run (a home run) on 3 hits, walked 4 and struck out 3.

Rich Hill had another rough outing and you wonder now if the Cubs should have dealt him in the off-season. Hill pitched 2 innings and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits and struck out 3. Like Jerome Williams, Hill also walked 4. Cubs pitching allowed 5 free passes on Thursday. Scott Eyre continued his scoreless spring by retiring the only batter he faced. Bobby Howry gave up a run on a hit, walked one and struck out one in an inning of work.

Thursday was the Cubs last game of the spring in Arizona and they now head for Las Vegas and the Big League Weekend with the Padres. The Cubs had a very good spring all in all. How may of you knew who Angel Pagan and Sean Marshall were a month ago….just remember the CCO knew about Sean Marshall….“It’s SHOW-time!!”

Here is the box score from and the last photos from Arizona courtesy of Yahoo Sports….the CCO will have more photos from Spring Training….coming soon

(note – this was the last game of the year the Cubs will not be on the radio or TV…)

Viva Las Vegas Cubbies!!!

Friday – The Big League Weekend – Game One, The San Diego Padres, 9:05pm C.S.T. – XM Channel 188, WGN TV

Sean Marshall vs. Woody Williams

Sean Marshall is the biggest surprise of the year for the Cubs (so far) and he will make his final start of the spring on Friday night against the Padres. Cashman Field is a very nice park and I attended one of the games the Cubs played there last year. Let’s all hope Sean Marshall is ready for ‘The Bright Lights and The Big City’….his warm-up is in Vegas and his debut is on national TV (ESPN) against the Cubs’ biggest rival….The St. Louis Cardinals.

Here is a little Photo Gallery from the 2005 Big League Weekend – Cubs vs. Mariners

Quote of the Day

"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere." - Albert Einstein