Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/15/13

Spring Training Game Twenty: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. White Sox (8-7-2)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN-TV (White Sox) – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Camelback Ranch, Glendale

Scott Feldman (0-1, 9.00/2.14) vs. Gavin Floyd (0-1, 10.80/2.40)

Spring Training Game Twenty-One: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. Team Japan

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

Travis Wood (3-0, 3.00/0.92) vs. TBA (0-0, -.–/-.–)

The Cubs’ long weekend of games begins this afternoon with the first of three straight split squad games. The Cubs play six games in four cities over the next three days. After facing the White Sox and Team Japan today, half of the Cubs roster will take off for Las Vegas for games on Saturday and Sunday at Cashman Field against the Texas Rangers. The other half of the roster will remain in the valley to face the Royals on Saturday at HoHoKam Park and the Athletics on Sunday in Phoenix.

Three of the six games will be televised on WGN-TV. Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies make their debut on Saturday and will call Scott Baker’s first game of the spring on Sunday. This afternoon’s game between the Cubs and Sox features the White Sox broadcast team.

Pat Hughes also makes his spring debut this weekend. Pat and Keith Moreland will call the action in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

The Sox had their way with the Cubs last Thursday at HoHoKam, maybe the Cubs can repay the favor in Glendale this afternoon. The Cubs and Sox will not face one another after today until the end of May (May 27 – May 30).

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie will call today’s game against the Sox on Cubs.com. The game between the Cubs and Team Japan will have limited coverage.

This afternoon is begins with Scott Feldman and Travis Wood

Spring Training Game Twenty: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. White Sox (8-7-4)

Scott Feldman is coming off a solid start against the Padres. Feldman rebounded nicely from his previous outing against the Rockies and allowed two runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Feldman did not walk a batter in his three innings of work, but did hit one. Feldman needs to build on his last outing this afternoon against the White Sox.

Feldman makes his fourth Cactus League start today. In his previous three, Feldman has allowed seven runs on 12 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in seven innings.

Dale Sveum is expected to send out the following lineup against the White Sox:

  • Valbuena – 3B
  • Barney – 2B
  • Castro – SS
  • Schierholtz – RF
  • Hairston – DH
  • Navarro – C
  • Bogusevic – LF
  • McDonald – CF
  • Nelson – 1B

Edwin Maysonet, Tim Saunders, Elliot Soto, John Andreoli, Ty Wright, Chad Noble, Steve Clevenger and Johermyn Chavez are also on the travel roster for Friday.

Gavin Floyd is making just his second appearance in the Cactus League this afternoon. The Sox held their projected starting rotation back until March 1, and Floyd will make his second start today.

Floyd allowed four runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts over 3 1/3 innings in his first Cactus League outing.

Spring Training Game Twenty-One: Cubs (ss) (8-11) vs. Team Japan

It has been night and day so far in the Cactus League for Travis Wood. Wood has been as good this spring as he was bad a year ago. Wood has thrown strikes, found a rhythm early in his appearances and thrown the ball with confidence … and he’s provided some offense as well.

Wood took over for Feldman last Sunday at HoHoKam Park and picked up the spring win against the Padres. Wood not only started the rally in the sixth inning with a single but he tossed four innings of shutout ball against the Padres’ travel squad. The three walks he issued might have hurt him against a better lineup but he bailed himself out of trouble by striking out six batters.

Travis Wood makes his second start this afternoon and fifth appearance. Wood has allowed four runs on seven hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 innings … and he will have his hands full against Team Japan.

Team Japan had not announced a starting pitcher as of this writing. The two-time defending WBC Champions beat the Giants in Scottsdale on Thursday.

This afternoon’s game between the Cubs and Team Japan is viewed as a practice game for the WBC, but is on the Cubs’ Cactus League schedule. Team Japan leaves for San Francisco and the semi-finals of the World Baseball Classic following this afternoon’s exhibition at HoHoKam Park.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Brett Jackson scratched from Friday’s game against Team Japan with minor soreness in his right (throwing) shoulder.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Carrie Muskat: Stewart pumped after Minor League game Thursday “My confidence is really sky high right now as far as my hitting and everything goes.” Stewart
    says no lingering issues in wrist and feels his bat speed is back. Day off today. Hopes to play Minor League Sat.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup against the Sox:

    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Castro – SS
    Schierholtz – RF
    Hairston – DH
    Navarro – C
    Bogusevic – LF
    McDonald – CF
    Nelson – 1B

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup against Team Japan:

    DeJesus – CF
    Baez – SS
    Castillo – C
    Soriano – DH
    Sappelt -LF
    Vitters – 3B
    Soler – RF
    Vogelbach – 1B
    Gonzalez – 2B

    • triple

      Too bad Jackson won’t be in the lineup… I really wish I could make it to Hohokam Park today to see this lineup play. If only I didn’t foolishly plan to do a little work on Friday afternoon.

    • 07GreyDigger

      How is Logan Watkins affected by Alberto Gonzalez? I hope Watkins gets more at bats than him.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I think he will when the season begins. Watkins was optioned out on Monday, he is in minor league camp now.

  • Tony_Hall

    Cubs baseball on TV!!!

    It’s been a long winter…and I have missed watching a game, but I will be muting the volume, that is for sure!

    • triple

      What, you don’t want to listen to the Hawk and Stoney, and their awkward silences???

      • Tony_Hall

        I like Stoney, but I can’t stand listening to Hawk. If he was gone, I could actually watch Sox games, but I can’t get past him.

        • 07GreyDigger

          DAGGUMIT!

        • Ripsnorter1

          Just another thing we agree on, Tony. How in the world does that guy have a job announcing games?????

          • Tony_Hall

            No idea.

          • triple

            He fired Tony LaRussa, how does he even have a job in MLB at all????

          • Ripsnorter1

            EXACTLY!!

        • triple

          Yes, I do like Stone too, but the combination of the two makes for very boring listening. But why I mentioned the awkward silences, is because when the ChiSox do something bad (especially giving up the long ball), sometimes you get the sense that there’s nobody in the announcer’s booth at all… and I do find that pretty funny!

          • Tony_Hall

            I agree that when announcers are too big of homers, it shows when things are going bad.

            It happens on blogs too….

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Navarro with a bloop RBI single …

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs up 1-0 against Team Japan on a Soriano sac fly

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    RBI double by Sappelt, RBI single by Vitters and Cubs lead 3-0 vs Japan

    • Tony_Hall

      I wish that game was on TV instead.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Scott Feldman’s final line on Friday against White Sox:
    7R, 7H, 2BB, 2K, 1HR in 3.2 IP

    • RynoTiger

      is Feldman pitching himself out of rotation spot? at this point Rusin has done more to earn Feldman’s spot.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nakata hits 2R HR off Wood. Cubs lead 3-2 over Team Japan

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    From Nick Cafardo: Cubs feel the presence of teams watching Alfonso Soriano but no substantive talks have taken place yet. Phillies and Yankees on radar.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    2R HR by Sakamoto in 3rd. Japan leads, 5-3 vs Cubs

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez hit solo HR in 7th vs Japan, and Cubs trail 5-4 in bot 8th

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs (ss) pounded 15-3 by White Sox on Friday in the Cactus League – Cubs pitching: 15R, 15H (3HR), 8BB, 4K, HBP

    Feldman: 7R, 7H, 2BB, 2K, HBP, 1HR in 3.2 IP;
    Rondon: 2R, 2H, BB, 0K in 0.1 IP; Castro: 1-3, R, SB; Navarro: 2-3, RBI; Andreoli: 1-1, HR, 2RBI

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Vogelbach hits RBI single in 8th to tie game at 5 vs Japan

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Baez hits walkoff 2R HR. Cubs win, 7-5 over Japan, second HR of game for Baez.

  • triple

    It’s great to hear about some of these young guys (especially Baez) having a good game against Japan. I know it’s just an “exhibition,” but that’s a pretty good team the Cubs beat.