Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Angels – 03/23/13

Spring Training Game Thirty-One: Cubs (14-15) vs. Angels (ss) (6-15)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN-TV – Radio: 720 WGN
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Edwin Jackson (1-2, 2.40/1.00) vs. Joe Blanton (0-0, 3.86/0.86)

Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 9 Days

The Cubs will spend their last Saturday in Arizona this spring hosting an Angels split squad at HoHoKam Park. There is only one week of practice games left, the Cubs wrap-up the pre-season next Saturday in Houston.

The Cubs face the Angels for the third and final time in the spring today. Dale Sveum’s team opened the Cactus League schedule exactly one month ago today in Tempe and pounded an Angels’ split squad 11-2. The Cubs then topped the Angels in Tempe on March 3 in a game started by Joe Blanton. The Cubs have four games on the schedule against Albert Pujols and company this season … two in Anaheim in June (June 4 and June 5) and two at Wrigley (July 9 and July 10).

Today’s game will be carried on both WGN-TV and 720 WGN with Len and JD on the TV side and Pat and Keith on the radio.

This afternoon it all starts with Edwin Jackson …

Edwin Jackson is coming off his best start of the spring and his first victory in a Cubs’ uniform. Jackson worked quickly as he dominated the Padres last Monday. Jackson limited the Padres to one run on three hits with a walk and three strikeouts in six innings. Jackson threw 76 pitches, 49 for strikes, and recorded nine groundball outs.

Jackson has shown improvement each time out, and will have just one more start in the pre-season before making his actual Cubs’ debut on April 3 in Pittsburgh.

This afternoon is Jackson’s fifth start in the Cactus League. Edwin Jackson has allowed four runs on 10 hits with five walks and six strikeouts over the first four (15 innings). Jackson reached the sixth in his last start, and should not exceed that today. If Jackson is as efficient this afternoon as he was against the Padres, look for Jackson to finish his day in the bullpen increasing his pitch count.

The Cubs faced Joe Blanton back on March 3 in Tempe. Blanton allowed one run on a couple of hits to the Cubs in his two innings of work, his only blemish was a long solo homer off the bat of Brian Bogusevic.

Blanton makes just his third Cactus League start this afternoon. Blanton has allowed three runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts over seven innings of work.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Hairston – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Navarro – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    E.Jackson – P

  • Tony_Hall

    “Scout on Cubs: They could build a monster”

    Something I have been saying since Theo arrive, They have resources and prospects.

    • Theboardrider

      I totally agree and have from the start. I think the front office is pushing all the right buttons. I’ve said “midas touch,” before and I stick to that description.

      It’s interesting the comment about “hard to atick to the plan in that market.” That’s exactly what many on this site have clamored for; signing more top free agents like Bourn and bemoaning the front office acting like a “small market team.” Well the plan is the plan and it’s working. It’s always been an eye for the future and not sacrificing to sign a couple more bigger name players just to lose 5 or 6 less games now. Hopefully pressure to win more in a non playoff season won’t influence the plans and we will build the “monster,” that will compete for championships year in and year out starting around 2015.

  • Neil

    Jackson sharp so far against the Angels travel team

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  • Neil

    Elevated too many fastballs in the third

  • Tony_Hall

    Our pitchers seem to be hitting pretty good so far…

  • Neil

    Excellent throw by Schierholtz to nail Shuck at second base

  • Tony_Hall

    Couple of good hits by utility infielders…but never make the 1st or 3rd out at 3B!

  • Neil

    What a nice, smooth play by Rizzo on the throw to the plate. Several excellent plays by the defense today.

    • triple

      I’m impressed that Valbuena, Castro, and Barney have not committed an error yet this spring. Good reinforcement for the pitchers to really work on keeping their pitches down.

  • Neil

    Dunston Jr. smiling from ear to ear after scoring that run … great to see.

  • Neil

    Cubs topped the Angels (ss) 7-6 on Saturday afternoon in the Cactus League. Edwin Jackson: 5R, 8H, 0BB, 2K in 5+ IP; 2-2, RBI

    Hairston: 1-4,HR,2R; DeJesus: 2-5,RBI,R; Schierholtz:
    1-4,2B,RBI; Barney: 1-2,2B,R; Lillibridge: 1-2,3B,R