Spring Training Game Fifteen: Cubs (5-8-1) vs. Padres (6-6)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: MLB Network, MLB.TV – Radio: Cubs.com
- Location – Peoria Sports Complex, Peoria
Jon Lester (0-0, 0.00, 0.80) vs. Brandon Morrow (0-0, 1.80, 1.60)
The Cubs make the trip from Mesa to Peoria this afternoon to face the Padres for the second Monday in a row. The Cubs have played better ball since Joe Maddon’s pep talk that he used as a learning tool. The players don’t appear to be pressing, and while the individual performances are mixed, there has been an overall improvement on the field.
Jon Lester is expected to pitch at least four innings this afternoon. It will be interesting to see which catcher is behind the plate. David Ross caught his first start and Miguel Montero was back there his last time out. Will Welington Castillo get a shot today? If he does, the Cubs could actually be preparing to start the season with three catchers on the active roster.
The Padres beat up Edwin Jackson last Monday at Sloan Park. And the Cubs have one more Cactus League game against the Friars (March 22 at Sloan Park) this spring.
Today all starts with Jon Lester …
Jon Lester makes his third spring start today, the first outside of Sloan Park. Lester has been very good over his first two outings. Lester has not allowed a run while giving up four hits and no walks. Lester has five strikeouts in five innings and has been so efficient he’s had to build his pitch count in the bullpen after he left the game.
Lester wasn’t happy with a couple of mechanical things his last time out. But he still got his work in with Miguel Montero behind the plate and looked facing the Dodgers.
Neil Ramirez, Justin Grimm, Blake Parker, Jason Motte and Phil Coke are on the Cubs pitching roster for today’s game.
Brandon Morrow makes his third appearance and second start of the spring today. Morrow pitched two scoreless innings against the White Sox on March 6. Morrow gave up two hits with a walk and struck out a batter. Morrow started against the Royals in Surprise his last time out. Morrow allowed one run on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts in three innings.
Brandon Morrow is pitching for a spot in the Padres rotation and has allowed one run on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts in five innings.
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