Spring Training Game Thirty-Three: Cubs (13-18-1) vs. Diamondbacks (12-11-3)
- Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Chase Field, Phoenix
Edwin Jackson (1-3, 5.14, 1.43) vs. Trevor Cahill (1-1, 7.88, 1.81)
The Cubs wrap-up their spring schedule with two practice games at Chase Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After tonight’s match-up of Edwin Jackson and Trevor Cahill, Jason Hammel and Bronson Arroyo are scheduled to start the spring finale on Saturday afternoon.
The Cubs have lost both spring contests against the Diamondbacks and will try to close out the exhibition games on a positive note. The next time the two teams square off will be in April at Wrigley Field (April 21-24). Arizona will be at Wrigley on April 23 for the 100th birthday celebration. The Diamondbacks have agreed to wear Kansas City Packers uniforms, the team the Chicago Whales of the Federal League beat 9-1 in the first game at Wrigley Field on April 23, 1914.
Starlin Castro is expected in the starting lineup tonight and will play in the last two practice games. Castro has not played in a Major League Spring Training game since March 2.
The roof at Chase Field is expected to be open for tonight’s game.
Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will call the game from Chase Field on Comcast SportsNet. While on the radio side, Mick Gillispie makes his final spring broadcast tonight on Cubs.com.
And tonight all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson makes his last spring start tonight after a rather rough time in the Cactus League. Jackson struggled with his command the last time out and once again it was the one bad inning that did him in. Jackson gave up four runs on eight hits with one walk and seven strikeouts to the Reds. For the spring, including the fastball-only start, Jackson allowed eight runs on 18 hits with two walks and 18 strikeouts in four starts (18 innings).
Like Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood, Edwin Jackson should be shortened up tonight with around a three-inning outing.
Trevor Cahill took his bad spring with him to Australia and had a rough outing, one that counted, against the Dodgers. Cahill gave up five runs with four walks and hit a batter in four innings.
Trevor Cahill has struggled in the Cactus League this spring. Cahill makes his fifth spring start tonight after allowing 15 runs, 14 earned, on 26 hits with three walks and 17 strikeouts in 16 innings. Cahill has not only given up a lot of hits, but four home runs as well.
Kirk Gibson would like to see a good outing from Cahill tonight before the season really gets going on Monday.
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