Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Athletics – 03/04/14

Spring Training Game Five: Cubs (1-3) vs. Athletics (SS) (4-1)

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

Kyle Hendricks (0-0, -.–, -.–) vs. Tommy Milone (0-1, 13.50, 3.00)

The Cubs return home this afternoon for a matchup against an Oakland A’s split squad. While Kyle Hendricks tries to limit the Athletics for a couple of innings, the other half of Oakland’s spring roster will host the Brewers at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.

Kyle Hendricks makes his first Cactus League start this afternoon. Hendricks was lights out in the Intrasquad game last Wednesday. Hendricks is coming off a sensational season in which he earned Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call today on Cubs.com.

And this afternoon all starts with Kyle Hendricks

Kyle Hendricks was excellent last year in his first full season in the Cubs’ system. Hendricks began the year with Double-A Tennessee and posted a 10-3 record in 21 starts with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. In 126 1/3 innings, Hendricks struck out 101 batters with only 26 walks and 107 hits allowed. Hendricks was promoted to Triple-A Iowa and went 3-1 in six starts with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. In 40 innings, Hendricks allowed 35 hits with eight walks and 27 strikeouts.

Chris Bosio is in Hendricks’ corner but the 24-year old right hander is ticketed for Iowa’s rotation to begin the season. If Hendricks keeps pitching the way he has over the past one-plus seasons, he will make his big league debut at some point during the upcoming year.

The Cubs offense will have to deal with lefty Tommy Milone for three innings today. Milone makes his second start of the spring and will look to put his first Cactus League outing behind him. Milone gave up three runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout in two innings to the Brewers.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Today’s lineup:

    Bonifacio SS
    Murphy 3B
    Rizzo 1B
    Ruggiano LF
    Sweeney CF
    Wells RF
    Schierholtz DH
    Barney 2B
    Whiteside C

    Hendricks P

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo and Ruggiano with back-to-back two out doubles, game tied at one in the bottom of the first.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Hendricks is out after two innings. Hendricks walked three, struck out two and gave up a run. He struggled with his command, pitched from behind in the count for a majority of the two frames. Carlos Pimentel is in.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with another two out hit, scored on a two-run HR by Ruggiano

    • Tony_H

      Home run and a double off of a lefty!

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Rizzo with 2 hits off of Milone

        • Tony_H

          That is very good to see him getting hits off of lefties.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bryant takes over for Murphy at 3B in the 6th. Vitters replaces Rizzo at 1B

  • BigJonLilJon

    Our old friend Sam Fuld just scored to tie game up at 3 in the top of the 6th

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Sanchez was not good again today. Neil Ramirez is on the mound. Alcantara at 2B, Almora in CF and Soler in RF in the 7th

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Vitters walked then got picked off first

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Szczur hit by a pitch, stole second and scored the go ahead run on a single to center by Almora

  • Craig York

    MIKE OLT!!!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And Mike Olt just hit a 2-run HR over the Cubs’ pen in left … that is a shot.

  • Tony_H

    The young power bats that we have accumulated is impressive.

  • STLCubsFan

    Looks like Olt saw that last pitch well enough!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the A’s (SS) 6-4 on Tuesday … Kyle Hendricks: 1R, 1H, 3BB, 2K, 2IP; Albert Almora GW RBI in 8th; Rizzo: 2-3, 2B, 2R; Ruggiano: 2-2, HR, BB, 3RBI; Almora: 1-1, RBI; Olt: 1-1, HR, 2RBI

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      3 walks eh? rookie jitters?