Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Diamondbacks – 03/26/14

Spring Training Game Thirty-One: Cubs (12-17-1) vs. Diamondbacks (11-9)

  • Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com
  • Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale

Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 5.50, 1.72) vs. Brandon McCarthy (1-0, 1.93, 1.07)

The Cubs have four practice games left on the spring schedule and three of them are against the Diamondbacks. The Cubs play the D-Backs this afternoon in Scottsdale, then after hosting the White Sox for the final game of the spring at Cubs Park, the Cubs wrap up the spring with two games at Chase Field.

The Diamondbacks return to Cactus League action this afternoon after spending the last week in Australia. Arizona lost the first two games of the regular season to the Dodgers and is already looking up at Los Angeles in the standings.

Jeff Samardzija makes his final appearance of the spring this afternoon. Samardzija is expected to throw between 50-60 pitches today. Chris Rusin is scheduled to follow Samardzija to the hill. While Samardzija is already scheduled to start Opening Day in Pittsburgh on Monday, Rusin is not sure if he will begin the season with the Cubs or with the I-Cubs.

This afternoon all begins with Jeff Samardzija …

Jeff Samardzija last pitched on March 20 against the Mariners and put together his best outing of the spring. The Cubs gave Samardzija an extra day of rest before his last Cactus League start. Samardzija was not able to complete six innings against Seattle due to his high pitch count. Samardzija allowed two runs on six hits with eight strikeouts, two walks and two wild pitches in 5 1/3 innings.

This afternoon is Samardzija’s sixth Cactus League start. Samardzija allowed 11 runs on 24 hits with seven walks and 17 strikeouts in his first five starts (18 innings).

Chris Rusin faced the White Sox last Friday and shut down the Southsiders for five innings. Rusin gave up only two hits and has not allowed a run or a walk over his last three appearances in the Cactus League (12 innings). For the spring, Rusin is 3-2 in five games, three starts, with a 3.78 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. In 16 2/3 innings, Rusin has given up seven runs on 11 hits with three walks and eight strikeouts (16 2/3 innings).

Brandon McCarthy is making his fourth Cactus League start this afternoon. McCarthy has pitched well this spring. In three starts (14 innings), McCarthy has allowed three runs on 13 hits with two walks and six strikeouts.

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