Spring Training Game Thirty: Cubs (13-15) vs. Brewers (9-13-2)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Maryvale Baseball Park, Phoenix
Carlos Villanueva (0-2, 6.17/1.80) vs. Yovani Gallardo (0-2, 7.27/1.27)
Countdown to Opening Day in Pittsburgh: 10 Days
The Cubs will spend their final Friday of the Cactus League schedule in Maryvale taking on one of their division rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers topped the Cubs back on March 3 at HoHoKam Park. The Cubs could not string together any hits against Marco Estrada while the Ryan Braun-less Brewers did just enough against Edwin Jackson and Drew Carpenter.
Today is the final meeting between the Cubs and Brewers this spring, the next time the two teams face off will be the home opener at Wrigley Field on April 8.
Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will call today’s action on WGN-TV while Mick Gillispie will handle the play-by-play on Cubs.com.
This afternoon all starts with Carlos Villanueva …
Carlos Villanueva takes the hill this afternoon against one of his former teams in search of a good outing. Villanueva struggled in his last start against the Rangers in Las Vegas. Villanueva allowed three runs, all in the first inning, on four hits with three walks and two strikeouts in four innings. Villanueva struggled with his command, and it felt like he walked more than just three batters. Villanueva pitched from behind in the count seemingly throughout his outing.
This afternoon will be Villanueva’s fifth start in the Cactus League. Villanueva has allowed eight runs on 15 hits in the first four (11 2/3 innings) with eight strikeouts and six walks.
The Cubs will face the best the Brewers have to offer in Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo has made only three Cactus League starts due to his participation in the WBC. Gallardo was lights out in the classic. Gallardo has allowed seven runs on 11 hits with no walks and eight strikeouts over 8 2/3 innings.
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