Talkin’ Cubs Live – The Split Squads – 03/09/14

Spring Training Game Eight: Cubs (ss) (2-5) vs. Indians (7-1)

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

Edwin Jackson (0-1, 4.50, 1.50) vs. Carlos Carrasco (1-0, 2.25, 1.00)

Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (ss) (2-5) vs. Angels (ss) (3-3-1)

  • Game Time – 2:05pm CST
  • Coverage – TV: MLB.TV – Radio:
  • Location – Tempe Diablo Stadium, Tempe

James McDonald (0-0, 54.00, 6.00) vs. Hector Santiago (0-1, 0.00, 1.13)

It is split squad day for the Chicago Cubs, the second of a scheduled six days this spring the roster will be split up. Rick Renteria will stay in Mesa and call the shots for his team against the Indians. Brandon Hyde will travel with the other half of the team to Tempe Diablo Stadium to take on an Angels split squad. The rest of the Angles roster will make the trip to Scottsdale (Salt River Fields at Talking Stick) to face the Rockies.

Replay will be available to the managers in Tempe and the game can be seen live on MLB.TV.

Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie are on the call in Mesa. Kris Bryant and Javier Baez are in the starting lineup in Mesa and will make up the left side of the infield.

This afternoon starts with Edwin Jackson in Mesa and James McDonald in Tempe …

Spring Training Game Eight: Cubs (ss) (2-5) vs. Indians (7-1)

Edwin Jackson makes his second start of the spring this afternoon. Jackson faced the Royals last Sunday at Cubs Park and gave up one run on three hits with no walks and three strikeouts in two innings. Jackson served up a solo shot to Mike Moustakas, but that was all. Jackson was solid in his first inning of work then struggled with his command during a long second inning.

Edwin Jackson is looking for the consistency this season that has eluded him throughout his career. Maybe a good outing this afternoon will help point him in the right direction. Jackson should be stretched out to three innings this afternoon.

Rick Renteria posted his lineup against the Indians on Friday, here’s how the Cubs will start the game in Mesa:

  • Darwin Barney – DH
  • Ryan Roberts – 2B
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1B
  • Justin Ruggiano – RF
  • Ryan Sweeney – CF
  • Javier Baez – SS
  • George Kottaras – C
  • Kris Bryant – 3B
  • Aaron Cunningham – LF

Carlos Villanueva, Wesley Wright, Blake Parker and Arodys Vizcaino are on the schedule to pitch in Mesa.

The Indians are sending Carlos Carrasco to the hill for the first three innings. Carrasco is battling for a spot in the Indians rotation. And Cleveland is facing a decision with him. Carrasco is out of options and must make the team or the Indians will risk losing him. Carrasco makes his third spring start this afternoon. He has allowed one run on three hits over four innings (two starts) so far this spring. Carrasco is scheduled to throw three innings today and will be followed by Corey Kluber for three innings. Vinnie Pestano and Blake Wood are scheduled to follow Kluber out of Terry Francona’s pen.

Spring Training Game Nine: Cubs (ss) (2-5) vs. Angels (ss) (3-3-1)

James McDonald is making his first start of the spring this afternoon and his second appearance. McDonald faced the Angels in Tempe in the second Cactus League game of the spring, and was rocked. McDonald was charged with six runs on three hits with three walks and no strikeouts in one-plus inning of work. McDonald wasn’t able to record a single out in the fourth inning before Rick Renteria went to his pen. McDonald needs to have a good outing this afternoon in order to stay in the mix for a spot in the Cubs’ rotation.

Brandon Hyde will manage the following starting nine:

  • Chris Coghlan – LF
  • Luis Valbuena – 2B
  • Junior Lake – CF
  • Mike Olt – DH
  • Chris Valaika – SS
  • Casper Wells – RF
  • Josh Vitters – 1B
  • John Baker – C
  • Christian Villanueva – 3B

Tsuyoshi Wada, Jonathan Sanchez, Dallas Beeler and Brian Schlitter are on the pitching schedule for the Angels game … and both Albert Almora and Jorge Soler are on the travel roster.

The Cubs play the Angels for the second time this spring. The Halos and Cubs square off two more times this spring. While Joe Blanton and the other half of the Angels’ roster is taking on the Rockies in Scottsdale, the Cubs will see a familiar face in left Hector Santiago.

The former Southsider makes his second spring start this afternoon after allowing one unearned run on one hit with two walks and three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings the first time out.

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  • Neil

    Today’s lineup against the Indians

    Barney DH
    Roberts 2B
    Rizzo 1B
    Ruggiano RF
    Sweeney CF
    Baez SS
    Kottaras C
    Bryant 3B
    Cunningham LF

    Jackson P

    Just in case you missed it above

  • Neil

    Today’s lineup against the Angels

    Coghlan LF
    Valbuena 2B
    Lake CF
    Olt DH
    Valaika SS
    Wells RF
    Vitters 1B
    Baker C
    Villanueva 3B

    McDonald P

    In case you missed it above

  • GaryLeeT

    Great. Of course the game on TV has to be the one with the road team, and very few players worth watching.

    • Tony_H

      Lake, Olt, Vitters, Villanueva


      Rizzo, Ruggiano, Sweeney, Baez, Bryant

      Both are worth watching, just Baez and Bryant swing it in that games favor. I would assume, more teams televise their home games than road games, but I could be wrong.

      At least we get to see Mike Trout!

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  • Neil

    No score in Tempe after one inning. McDonald retired the Angels in order in the first.

    Edwin Jackson gave up a two-run HR in the first, Rizzo singled in the first. Cubs down 2-0 to Indians going into the second inning.

  • Neil

    Scoreless second inning for McDonald … still scoreless in Tempe

  • Neil

    Bryant just hit a 2-run HR to RF …

    • Tony_H

      Now I am totally with Gary, hopefully their will be a youtube video posted by someone.

  • Neil

    Dallas Beeler has replaced McDonald in Tempe in the 3rd inning

    • Theboardrider

      Thanks so much for the play by play analysis Neil.

      And than you so much Theo for drafting Kris Bryant! I wanted Grey and he woul have been a great pick but Bryant appears to have rare talent.

      • Neil

        You’re welcome.

  • Neil

    Jackson gave up another run in the third. Sweeney bailed him out with a running catch in center. Jackson hit two batters in the third.

    • paulcatanese

      Wow, just wow.

  • Neil

    Villanueva in for Jackson in Mesa

  • Neil

    Beeler gave up one run in the fourth. Cubs down 1-0 in Tempe

  • cubtex

    EJax in mid season form.

    EJax: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 HBP, HR, 3 R/E, 2 K, 0 BB.

    • paulcatanese

      A new skull cap will solve everything:)

  • Neil

    Casey Coleman is in the game in Tempe … up for the day from minor league camp

  • Neil

    Wada replaces Coleman for the 6th … Cubs still down 1-0 to Angels in Tempe.

  • Neil

    Valbuena with a double in the 7th in Tempe … Cubs second hit against the Angels

  • Neil

    Valaika singled in Valbuena with the tying run in Tempe

  • Neil

    Vogelbach is in at 1B at Cubs Park … Vogelbach, Alcantara, Baez and Bryant, first to third right now.

  • Neil

    Vizcaino in the game in the 8th inning at Cubs Park

  • Neil

    Vizcaino with a 1-2-3 8th inning, 2 strikeouts. Hit 96 with his fastball on the gun.

  • Neil

    Edwin Jackson said he wanted to work on his fastball so that’s all he threw today

  • Neil

    Soler with a triple in the 9th in Tempe … Cubs up 3-2 against the Angels

  • Neil

    Another rough outing for Blake Parker. Lots of deep counts, a couple of walks and walked in a batter.

  • Neil

    Cubs (ss) beat Angels (ss) 3-2 in Tempe on Friday (3/7) … James McDonald: 0R, 1H, 0BB, 0K, 2IP; Jorge Soler GW 3B in the 9th

    Soler: 1-1, 3B, RBI; Valbuena: 1-3, 2B, R; Lake: 1-3; Olt: 0-4; Almora: 1-1, R; Valaika: 2-4, 2B, 2RBI; Schlitter: 1R, 2H, 0BB, 0K, 1IP

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      seems like the big-name rookies are all getting some hits..good to see!

  • Neil

    Cubs (ss) lost 7-2 to Indians in Mesa on Friday (3/7) … Edwin Jackson: 3R, 4H, 0BB, 2HBP, 2K, 3IP

    Bryant: 1-3, HR, 2RBI; Rizzo: 1-3; Villanueva: 1R, 2H, 2BB, 2K, 2.2IP; Vizcaino: 2 Ks in 1IP

  • BosephHeyden

    Can we find a way to not have Edwin Jackson on the team? Like, trade him for nothing while eating a good amount of his contract? Admitting that it wasn’t a good move to sign him for more than two years? Or, at the very least, just put him in the bullpen and forget about him?

    • Vivid_Reality

      Is it really worth overreacting about a few meaningless spring training innings? He wasn’t great last year but he still had strong peripherals. He will probably be worth what is left on his contract but not overall.

      • Tony_H

        Plus just working on his fastball like pitchers do in ST, work on parts of their game.

    • calicub

      2 HBP means he was working on things, 0 BB means he put it away when he needed to.

      Its the first full week of Spring. People are overreacting..

  • BillyFinT

    Carlos Villanueva: “The younger kids, Alcantara and
    Valdez, they idolized players like Bonifacio. He played in the winter
    leagues, and they’d announce ‘Emilio
    Bonifacio’ and the crowd would go crazy.”

    Emilio had proven himself with a career as a positive right fielder, a good second baseman, and a mediocre center fielder. Abilities and “fit” aside, pro baseball is still a people’s business. It’s nice to see some positive energy channeled through the newly signed veteran with the Cubs.