Spring Training Game Four: Cubs (1-2) vs. Brewers (2-1)
Game Time – 2:05pm CST
Coverage – TV: None – Radio: Cubs.com webcast
Location – Maryvale Baseball Park, Maryvale
Carlos Silva (0-0, -.–/-.–) vs. Yovani Gallardo (0-0, -.–/-.–)
The Cubs play the Brewers for the second, and last time of the spring this afternoon. A Brewers split-squad beat the Cubs 5-3 Monday afternoon at HoHoKam. Milwaukee was without Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee two days ago … all three figures to join Ryan Braun in the starting lineup this afternoon.
For the second time in as many days, Q’s offense will have it’s hands full with one of the best young pitchers in the National League. Yovani Gallardo has handled the Cubs in the past and there is no reason to feel the trend will stop in Gallardo’s first outing of the spring.
Mike Quade is expected to run out a majority of his regulars again this afternoon behind Carlos Silva. The Cubs pathetic defense has been credited with nine errors in the first three games of the spring. Q’s defense is not making the routine plays in the field, much less the spectacular ones. The Cubs must improve their defense before the games actually count.
Of the 30 pitchers in big league camp, only a handful has not pitched in a game … Alberto Cabrera, Rafael Dolis, Kyle Smit, Trey McNutt and Robert Coello. James Russell is expected to follow Carlos Silva this afternoon and Braden Looper is on the schedule for Thursday. Angel Guzman is slated to throw batting practice today after a successful side session Sunday.
Cubs Starting Lineup vs. Brewers
Kosuke Fukudome – RF
Starlin Castro – SS
Marlon Byrd – CF
Aramis Ramirez – 3B
Carlos Pena – 1B
Alfonso Soriano – LF
Blake DeWitt – 2B
Koyie Hill – C
Carlos Silva – P
Today’s game can be heard on Cubs.com via a webcast from Maryvale. Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie, the Smokies’ play-by-play announcer, will make the call.
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