Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/03/13

Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Angels (1-6)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: MLB.TV/MLB Network (delayed) – Radio:
  • Location – Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe

Nick Struck (0-0, 4.50/1.00) vs. Joe Blanton (0-0, -.–/-.–)

Spring Training Game Ten: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Brewers (3-6)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio:
  • Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa

Edwin Jackson (0-0, 0.00/1.00) vs. Marco Estrada (0-0, 0.00/0.33)

The Cubs have two chances to get back in the spring win column today after dropping their last two games in the Cactus League. Dale Sveum continues to receive solid performances from the players that are expected to break camp on the roster. The young pitching in camp has struggled throwing strikes, and all of the free baserunners have cost the Cubs over the last two games.

Today is the first of five split squad days for the Cubs this spring … the other four are March 15, March 16, March 17 and March 21.

The Cubs beat an Angels split squad in the spring opener 11-2 in Tempe, and will face the Halos one more time this spring, March 23 at HoHoKam Park.

The NL Central Division rivals square off for the first time this spring. The Cubs will take on the Brewers two more times in the Cactus League before facing Milwaukee for the first series of the season at Wrigley Field (April 8-April 10).

Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, Trey Martin and Stephen Bruno are expected to be with one of the teams this afternoon, up for the day from minor league camp.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call the action from HoHoKam Park and the game between the Cubs and Angels will be shown on the MLB Network on a tape delay.

This afternoon one game begins with Nick Struck … and the other one with Edwin Jackson.

Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Angels (1-6)

Nick Struck makes his second appearance of the spring, and first start this afternoon. Struck closed out Tuesday’s victory over the Rockies after allowing one run on two hits over two innings. Struck was shaky in his first inning of work but settled down and picked up a spring save.

Joe Blanton makes his Angels’ debut this afternoon. Blanton signed with the Halos in the off-season after finished last season with the Dodgers. Blanton was 10-13 last season with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

Spring Training Game Ten: Cubs (SS) (4-4) vs. Brewers (3-6)

Edwin Jackson takes the hill for the second time this spring today. Jackson was very good in his first appearance with the Cubs last Tuesday. Jackson gave up a pair of hits in the first inning, but Jackson hit his spots for the most part. Jackson threw 30 pitches over two innings, 22 for strikes, and five of the six outs he recorded were on the ground.

Jackson should be stretched out to three innings today in his second start of the spring.

Anthony Rizzo will play in his final game for the Cubs this afternoon before joining up with Team Italy on Monday for the WBC.

Cubs lineup against the Brewers:

  1. Valbuena – 3B
  2. Barney – 2B
  3. Rizzo – 1B
  4. Soriano – DH
  5. Schierholtz – RF
  6. Castillo – C
  7. Hairston – CF
  8. Jackson – LF
  9. Baez – SS

Yovani Gallardo was scheduled to start this afternoon’s game, but was scratched with a groin strain. The Brewers are dealing with a lot of injuries to their big players. Aramis Ramirez left Saturday’s game with a left knee strain, and Ryan Braun is sidelined with a bruised left knee.

Marco Estrada makes his first start of the spring, and second appearance in the Cactus League this afternoon. Estrada completed three innings in his first outing and seemingly picked up where he left off last season. Estrada allowed one hit, no runs while striking out four and issuing no walks.

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