Spring Training Game Two: Cubs (0-1) vs. Brewers (ss) (0-0)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channel 187
Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Randy Wells (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Tim Dillard (0-0, -.–/-.–)
The Cubs get back to work this afternoon and will try to improve on their overall effort from Sunday. The Cubs did several things right in the opener but a better performance from the pitching staff, as well as the defense, would be nice to see in the second game of the spring.
The Milwaukee Brewers begin Cactus League play today. Half of the Brewers will stay in Maryvale and host the Giants. Shaun Marcum is scheduled to start the game against the World Series Champions. Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder will not travel to Mesa but Ryan Braun and Mark Kotsay will lead a ‘B’ team lineup against the Cubs. Q’s crew will look to improve on their overall effort from Sunday. Mike Quade will run out a different lineup behind Randy Wells. Wells is slated to pitch two innings then turn the game over to Andrew Cashner for the next two. Kerry Wood and Sean Marshall are also on Monday’s schedule.
Cubs Starting Lineup against the Brewers
Reed Johnson – CF
Darwin Barney – SS
Tyler Colvin – RF
Alfonso Soriano – LF
Carlos Pena – 1B
Jeff Baker – 2B
Marquez Smith – 3B
Koyie Hill – C
Randy Wells – P
The Cubs will get their first look of the year at the Brewers. Milwaukee is one of the favorites to win the Central Division this season. The Brewers will be without a majority of their big bats this afternoon. Rickie Weeks, Prince Fielder and Casey McGehee will not make the trip to Mesa … but all three figures to be in the starting lineup when the Cubs make the journey to Maryvale on Wednesday.
Brewers Starting Lineup against the Cubs
Carlos Gomez – CF
Craig Counsell – SS
Ryan Braun – LF
Mark Kotsay – 1B
Luis Cruz – 2B
Wil Nieves – C
Erick Almonte – DH
Caleb Gindi – RF
Zelous Wheeler – 3B
Tim Dillard will start the game for Milwaukee. Mike Quade gave Ron Roenicke permission to use a designated hitter this afternoon.
News and Notes
Tyler Colvin is expected to make start at first base either Thursday or Friday. Colvin has been working with Carlos Pena this spring and the Cubs would like for Colvin to serve as one of the two backups to Pena. Jeff Baker is expected to be the right-handed backup.
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