Spring Training Game Ten: Cubs (3-6) vs. Angels (5-4)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com webcast, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – HoHokam Park, Mesa
Carlos Silva (0-1, 27.00/4.00) vs. Dan Haren (0-1, 13.50/1.50)
Q’s crew will go back to work this afternoon after winning two of their last three exhibition games. While the wins are nice, the Cubs have showed a lot of improvement over the last five games … especially in the field.
With scouts in attendance, Carlos Silva’s last start was a nightmare. Silva followed a horrible one-inning performance with a dugout scuffle that involved Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs held multiple meetings about the scuffle … and even had a meeting about having more meetings according to a sarcastic Jeff Baker. The Cubs have put the events from last Wednesday behind them.
James Russell is slated to follow Silva in Monday’s pitching rotation … and Welington Castillo is expected to make his first start of the spring. What was lost in the Silva-Ramirez game is the horrible performance turned in by Carlos Silva. Silva gave up two long home runs in between the Cubs’ defensive lapses. Everything was up and his first start was very similar to his first one last spring against the White Sox.
Silva surrendered six runs, three earned, on three hits with a walk against the Brewers.
Like Silva, Dan Haren is coming off a bad first outing. Haren will make his second start of the spring after allowing three runs on three hits (a home run) with two strikeouts in two innings of work.
Fernando Rodney, Michael Kohn, Hisanori Takahashi and Eric Junge are schedule to follow Haren this afternoon.
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