Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 03/10/13

Spring Training Game Sixteen: Cubs (5-10) vs. Padres (7-8)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Scott Feldman (0-1, 11.25/2.75) vs. Jason Marquis (0-0, 1.80/1.40)

It has been a long time since the Cubs won a baseball game. And while wins and losses in the spring are meaningless, it would not hurt Dale Sveum’s team to put a win on the board. The Cubs have dropped five straight and eight of the last nine exhibition games. The Cubs are dealing with a lot of injuries, which has impacted both the pitching staff and offense and exposed many of the young players and pitchers that are not ready for the big leagues.

The Cubs face the Padres this afternoon for the first time in the Cactus League. The two teams square off one more time this spring, March 18 in Peoria.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call today’s game on Cubs.com.

This afternoon all starts with Scott Feldman

Scott Feldman makes his third start of the spring this afternoon. Feldman was solid in his first start but struggled the last time out against the Rockies. Feldman allowed four runs on six hits with a walk and a strikeout in two-plus innings. Feldman was reportedly working on his breaking ball, and could not throw it for strikes.

Feldman has allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts over four-plus innings in his two starts this spring. Feldman is slotted in as the Cubs’ third starter when the season begins. It would be nice to see him step up this afternoon and deliver a good outing.

Carlos Marmol is on the pitching schedule for Sunday afternoon.

Dale Sveum is expected to run out the following lineup:

  • DeJesus – CF
  • Barney – 2B
  • Schierholtz – RF
  • Soriano – LF
  • Navarro – C
  • Bogusevic – 1B
  • Lake – 3B
  • Gonzalez – SS
  • Feldman – P

A Cubs’ pitcher will hit for the third time this spring … Feldman twice and Carlos Villanueva.

Jason Marquis is off to a good start to the spring. Marquis has allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Marquis makes his third start in the Cactus League this afternoon after completing five innings of work in his first two starts.

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