Spring Training Game Twenty-Eight: Cubs (11-15-1) vs. Royals (16-9)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV Ch. 9 – Radio: WBBM 780-AM
- Location – Surprise Stadium, Surprise
Edwin Jackson (1-1, 7.59, 1.97) vs. Edinson Volquez (1-2, 9.49, 2.35)
It’s the last Sunday in the Cactus League, only seven days until Opening Night against the Cardinals.
The Cubs hit the road, hopefully with directions to the right park, and make the first trip in three days to Surprise. The Cubs play the Royals this afternoon and will return Tuesday to face the Rangers.
Edwin Jackson takes the ball today looking to rebound from his last debacle and will square off against Edinson Volquez. If both starters pitch the way they have in the past, it could be a rather long exhibition game.
Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies have the moving pictures of the game on WGN-TV Ch. 9. And on the radio side, Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer have the call for the final time in Spring Training on WBBM.
Today all starts with Edwin Jackson …
Edwin Jackson is coming off an embarrassing outing and not just because of the way he pitched, which was horrible in its own right. Jackson was late to the park and threw batting practice for 1 2/3 innings before Joe Maddon went and got him.
Jackson allowed eight runs on nine hits without a walk or a strikeout. And Jackson thought that not walking a batter was the lone positive from his outing.
Prior to the outing against the A’s at HoHoKam Park, Jackson put together his best start of the spring. Jackson pitched with a confidence seldom seen from him in a Cubs’ uniform. Jackson gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits with a walk and three strikeouts in four innings to the Diamondbacks.
For the spring, Jackson has allowed 15 runs, nine earned, on 18 hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 10 2/3 innings.
Joe Maddon met with Edwin Jackson and today is a rather big outing for him, not only for his future with the Cubs but some think in baseball in general.
Edinson Volquez signed with the Royals in the off-season and the numbers don’t look good for the former Ranger, Red, Padre and Pirate this spring.
Volquez makes his fifth Cactus League start this afternoon and is coming off two rough outings. The Brewers scored six runs on eight hits in four innings against Volquez on March 18. Volquez walked two and struck out two. The last time he was on the hill, the Giants scored four times on seven hits in four innings. Volquez walked four with only two strikeouts.
So far in the Cactus League, Volquez has allowed 15 runs, 13 earned, on 23 hits with six walks and six strikeouts.
Edinson Volquez has owned the Cubs throughout his career, in the regular season and in Spring Training. And today will be another good test for the Cubs young hitters facing the junk-baller.
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