Spring Training Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (10-14) vs. Padres (12-12)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
Edwin Jackson (0-2, 3.00/1.22) vs. Clayton Richard (1-0, 6.43/1.71)
Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 14 Days
The Cubs get back to work today after going 3-3 in the six games over the weekend. Beginning tomorrow, the Cubs are expected to play their regulars deeper into the games as they prepare for Opening Day. And while Javier Baez and Jorge Soler will be in today’s starting lineup, the use of minor leaguers from this point forward should be less and less.
The Cubs have only one more split squad day. Following this afternoon’s contest in Peoria against the Padres, the Cubs host the Rangers then have their final off day in the Cactus League on Wednesday. The Cubs make the long trip on Thursday to Tucson to take on the Dodgers while the other half of the roster returns to Peoria for a night game against the Mariners (9:05pm CDT).
The Cubs beat the Padres at HoHoKam Park back on March 10, 9-3, and will not see the Friars again this spring. The two teams square off in the first month of the season in a four-game series at Wrigley Field at the end of April (April 29 – May 2).
Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call the action on Cubs.com.
Today all begins with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off his best outing of the spring. Jackson took the Cactus League loss after allowing one run on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts over five innings to the Rockies. Jackson retired seven in a row at one point and 12 of the last 14 batters he faced. Jackson threw strikes in his longest outing of the spring, and kept the ball down (six groundball outs).
Jackson needs to follow up his last start with another solid outing today. Jackson should try to go six innings this afternoon, if he can limit his pitch count in the early innings.
Edwin Jackson has allowed three runs on seven hits with four walks and three strikeouts in his first three Cactus League starts (nine innings).
The Cubs face yet another lefty starter today in Clayton Richard. Richard is expected to go at least six innings this afternoon in his third Cactus League start. Richard has struggled with his fastball command and pitching inside to right handed hitters this spring. Richard has allowed five runs on nine hits with three walks and only one strikeout in his first two Cactus League starts (seven innings).
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