Spring Training Game Thirty-Four: Cubs (15-16-2) vs. Diamondbacks (13-17)
Game Time – 3:10pm CDT
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Jay Jackson (1-1, 2.77/1.00) vs. Patrick Corbin (1-0, 0.57/0.89)
The Cubs will spend their last Monday of Spring Training at the Diamondbacks and Rockies new complex in Scottsdale … only two more exhibition games before camp ends and the team leaves for Chicago to prepare for Opening Day.
The Cubs will once again pull up a pitcher from minor league camp for the day to pitch in a big league game. Jay Jackson, who is expected to be in the I-Cubs rotation, makes his second Cactus League start this afternoon while Jeff Samardzija makes his final tune-up in a minor league game at Fitch Park.
Bryan LaHair is expected back in the starting lineup after missing the last two games with a sore back.
Today is the last Cubs.com broadcast of the spring. Beginning with Tuesday’s spring finale against the Brewers, Pat Hughes and Keith Moreland will call all of the Cubs’ games on 720 WGN. Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have done another excellent job this spring calling the Cactus League games on Cubs.com.
With two practice games remaining, the Cubs are 11-5-1 outside of HoHoKam Park this spring and just 4-11-1 at their Spring Training home.
Today’s exhibition game all starts with Jay Jackson … Jay Jackson makes his fifth Cactus League appearance and second start this afternoon. Jackson was a non-roster invitee to big league camp and put together a good spring before being reassigned to minor league camp.
In four games, Jackson allowed five runs, four earned, on 15 hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 13 innings. Jackson was very good against the Mariners on March 19 (no runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in four innings) and allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and two strikeouts to the Diamondbacks over four innings on March 26.
Patrick Corbin is scheduled to start Arizona’s final game at Salt River Fields this afternoon. The Diamondbacks have a pair of games against the Brewers at Chase Field on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Corbin has put together a good spring for Kirk Gibson. In five games, two starts, the southpaw has allowed one run on seven hits with seven walks and 15 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.
Wade Miley and David Hernandez are also scheduled to pitch for the D-Backs this afternoon.
News and Notes
Matt Garza pitched in a minor league game Sunday afternoon. Garza surrendered two hits over four innings on 51 pitches. Garza did not walk a batter, struck out six and finished getting his work in for the day in the bullpen.
Kerry Wood is expected to pitch on Monday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. Wood has faced only one batter in each of his last two outings. Wood is expected to get in the equivalency of an inning of work.
The Cubs have considered sending Travis Wood to Double-A Tennessee to begin the season. Wood needs to work on his command issues and the Cubs thought about starting him in a lower level than they originally planned. Jason McLeod told the Tribune that Travis Wood will likely begin the season with the I-Cubs due to his experience with Mike Mason, Iowa’s pitching coach.
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