Spring Training Game Thirty-Six: Cubs (16-17-1) vs. Mariners (20-11)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet/MLB Network (delay) – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Carlos Villanueva (0-2, 4.08/1.53) vs. Hisashi Iwakuma (2-0, 3.60/1.00)
Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 4 Days
Today marks the end of an era for the Chicago Cubs. This afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Mariners will be the final game for the Cubs as the home team at HoHoKam Park. The Cubs move out of their facilities at Fitch Park and HoHoKam Park in the fall.
The Cubs played their first game at HoHoKam Park on February 28, 1997 against the Mariners. The Cubs are 132-118-13 all time in what is now called HoHoKam Stadium. The Oakland A’s will begin playing their Spring Training home games at HoHoKam in 2015.
The Cubs wrap up the Arizona part of their exhibition schedule this afternoon. The team leaves for Houston following today’s game for a pair of games against the Astros at Minute Maid Park … and the Cubs 2013 season opens Monday in Pittsburgh.
This afternoon the finale at HoHoKam Park all begins with Carlos Villanueva …
Carlos Villanueva is coming off his best start of the spring. Villanueva tossed six innings of shutout ball against one of his former teams. Villanueva held the Ryan Braun-less Brewers to five singles while issuing only one free pass and striking out four. Villanueva has shown improvement just about every time out.
This afternoon is Villanueva’s sixth and final start in the Cactus League. Villanueva has surrendered eight runs on 20 hits with seven walks and 12 strikeouts in 17 2/3 innings.
Hisashi Iwakuma will line up behind Felix Hernandez in the Mariners’ rotation when the season starts. Iwakuma has put together a very good spring. In five appearances, four starts, Iwakuma has allowed six runs on 13 hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 15 innings.
Carter Capps and Lucas Luetge are also scheduled to pitch for the Mariners.
Video from Boys of Spring
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