Spring Training Game Twenty-Nine: Cubs (12-15-1) vs. Giants (9-19-1)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Kyle Hendricks (1-0, 0.00, 0.43) vs. Tim Hudson (0-1, 3.00, 1.25)
The Cubs return home this afternoon and will spend the last Monday in the Cactus League hosting the World Series Champs.
The Cubs have not seen the Giants since Opening Day in Arizona. The Cubs opened Cactus League play with a split squad day and the game in Scottsdale didn’t go exactly the way either team would have hoped. Corey Black hit Hunter Pence and broke his arm that afternoon.
Nearly a month later, Bruce Bochy is not happy with the way his team has played this spring and is looking for a strong finish to Spring Training.
The Cubs won’t see the Giants after today again until the first week of August. San Francisco makes the trip to Wrigley for a four-game series (Aug. 6-9). The Cubs and Giants wrap up their regular season meetings at the end of August (Aug. 25-27) when the Cubs make the trip out west for three games in San Francisco and three games at Dodger Stadium.
There are only three Cactus League games, counting today, and five exhibition games left before every pitch and every inning counts.
This afternoon all begins with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks makes just his third appearance and second start in the Cactus League today. Hendricks last appeared in a regular Spring Training game on March 14. Hendricks pitched five perfect innings against the A’s in Las Vegas that afternoon.
Hendricks’ last two starts have been in B games. Hendricks gave up three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in five innings to the Angels on March 19 at Sloan Park.
The last time out on March 24, Hendricks reportedly tossed five shutout innings against the Diamondbacks. Hendricks gave up one hit and struck out two batters.
In his two appearances in the Cactus League, Kyle Hendricks has given up three hits with four strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
Tim Hudson has been solid this spring for the Giants. Hudson put together two scoreless outings to start this spring and had a good outing against the Reds. Hudson struggled a little during his last game, but still ended up with a quality start. Hudson gave up three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and no walks in six innings to the Rockies.
Over his first four Cactus League starts, Tim Hudson has allowed four runs on 11 hits with four walks and nine strikeouts in 12 innings.
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