Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Mariners – 03/28/13

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

HoHoKamToday 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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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Barney – 2B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Navarro – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Hairston – DH
    Alcantara – SS

    • 07GreyDigger

      Is it likely before the last spring training game, they will run out the opening day lineup?

  • John_CC

    This spring was the first time I haven’t gone to Mesa in a few years. I’ve tried not to think about it. But man, that video really bums me out!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano with his 5th of the spring

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    That looks like a good chance of being the starting lineup sans Castro. Who gets the nod behind the plate? Navarro or Castillo?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Castillo will be the Cubs’ everyday catcher. From the way I understand it, they plan to give him every opportunity to succeed before they would contemplate a change. The front office and coaching staff are extremely high on Castillo.

      • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

        I like that they will stick with him and let him prove himself. But Navarro is relatively young and has been really hitting in spring training. If nothing else, showcase him and get something for him at the deadline. But I guess you can’t have it both ways and I believe in letting Castillo have a chance to sink or swim.

  • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

    I was just looking at the stats for the spring. I don’t think there is a player on our roster that you know more what you are going to get than Dejesus. He is just solid. OBP at 404? The guy gets on base. I like having him but I’m thinking he could really help a competing team at the trade deadline.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 6-4 to Mariners on Thursday in the
    HoHoKam Park finale – Carlos Villanueva: 3R, 1ER, 4H, 2BB, 3K in 5+ IP; Takahashi: 3R, 5H, 0BB, 1K in 3IP; Soriano: 1-2,
    HR, 2RBI; DeVoss: 1-3, RBI, R; Alcantara: 1-3, 3B, BB, R