Spring Training Game Twenty-Three: Cubs (10-12) vs. Rockies (9-10)
- Game Time – 8:40pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: MLB Network, MLB.TV – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale
Carlos Villanueva (1-0, 5.87, 1.43) vs. Franklin Morales (2-1, 3.97, 1.15)
The Cubs hit the road for the second night in a row. This time the team will make the short trip from Mesa to Scottsdale to take on the Colorado Rockies.
Carlos Villanueva makes his first start of the spring as he battles Chris Rusin and Tsuyoshi Wada for the fifth spot in the Cubs’ Opening Day rotation.
The Rockies did not play Tuesday and tonight is the last time the Cubs will see Colorado in the Cactus League. The Cubs have lost both games to the Rockies this spring (7-5 on March 5, 13-0 on March 11). The two teams square off twice in the regular season. The Rockies make the trip to Wrigley for four games at the end of July (July 28-31) and the Cubs fly to Denver the next week for three at Coors Field starting on August 5 (August 5-7).
The Cubs and Rockies can be seen on MLB Network and MLB.TV tonight. Len Kasper and Mick Gillispie have the call once again on Cubs.com. Replay will be available to both managers at Salt River Fields.
And tonight it all begins with Carlos Villanueva …
Carlos Villanueva gets the ball to start a spring game for the first time tonight. Villanueva has appeared in three exhibition games so far and has looked like Carlos Villanueva. In 7 2/3 innings, the veteran swingman has allowed five runs on nine hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Villanueva has gotten his work in, just what a team would expect from a player like Villanueva in the spring.
Franklin Morales is back with the Rockies after spending time in Boston. Morales has thrown the ball rather well this spring. In four starts (11 1/3 innings), Morales has allowed six runs, five earned, on 11 hits with two walks and 13 strikeouts. Like Villanueva, Morales is trying to earn the fifth spot in his team’s Opening Day rotation.
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