Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Rockies – 03/05/14

Spring Training Game Six: Cubs (2-3) vs. Rockies (SS) (1-5)

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

Jeff Samardzija (0-0, 0.00, 1.50) vs. Tyler Chatwood (0-0, -.–, -.–)

Rick Renteria and the Cubs wrap up the first week of spring games with the first of three meetings against the Colorado Rockies in the Cactus League this afternoon.

Jeff Samardzija and Chris Rusin should take up the first six innings of today’s game with the bullpen pitching the last three frames. Rusin is scheduled to follow Samardzija this afternoon in Chris Bosio’s pitching rotation.

While half of the Rockies’ roster will be in Mesa taking on the Cubs, the other half of Colorado’s spring roster faces the Rangers in Surprise. Franklin Morales starts against the Rangers and the Cubs will take their swings against Tyler Chatwood.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call of today’s game on Cubs.com

And today it all begins with Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija makes his second Spring Training start this afternoon. Samardzija kept the Diamondbacks off the board for two innings his last time out. Samardzija settled down after a shaky start and threw the ball rather well. Samardzija gave up a pair of hits, walked a batter and struck out two last Thursday. Samardzija should be stretched out to three innings today.

Chris Rusin struggled the last time out and barely completed his two innings in Tempe. Rusin was sharp in the first inning then surrendered four runs on five hits with a walk in his second inning of work.

Tyler Chatwood makes his first start in the Cactus League this afternoon. Chatwood was 1-1 in six games, three starts, for the Rockies last season with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP. Chatwood has yet to pitch to expectations but has shown signs of what once made him a top prospect in the Angels’ organization.

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