Spring Training Game Thirteen: Cubs (3-9) vs. Athletics (5-5-1)
- Game Time – 3:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: None – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score
- Location – HoHoKam Park, Mesa
Kyle Hendricks (0-0, 1.80, 0.80) vs. Jesse Hahn (0-0, 9.00, 1.00)
The Cubs hit the Spring Training road this afternoon and make the short trip to the team’s old stomping grounds.
Kyle Hendricks makes his second start, third appearance in the Cactus League today. Kyle Schwarber is expected back in the starting lineup after missing a couple of days with a sore knee.
Travis Wood and Kyle Hendricks have pitched on the same day this spring. Wood should follow Hendricks this afternoon to keep him on his five-day routine. With Hendricks and likely Wood scheduled for at least three innings apiece, Joe Maddon could use his relievers in certain situations today to see how they react.
Len Kasper and Ron Coomer have the call of today’s game on 670 The Score. Pat Hughes will make his spring debut next weekend. Neither team is showing the moving pictures of this afternoon’s action.
The Cubs return to HoHoKam Park for just the second time since the spring of 2013. Hopefully, Kyle Hendricks has his GPS set for the A’s current Spring Training home before he leaves for the beautiful park in Mesa.
Today all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Kyle Hendricks makes his second start and third appearance of the Cactus League season this afternoon. Hendricks has been very good his first two times out.
In relief of Travis Wood on Opening Day in the Valley, Hendricks gave up one run on two hits with four strikeouts and no walks to the Brewers in two innings.
Hendricks made the start at Sloan Park versus the Dodgers on March 8 and was excellent. Hendricks tossed three innings of shutout ball while allowing two hits with no walks and two more strikeouts.
In two games this spring, five innings, Hendricks has allowed one run on four hits with zero walks and six strikeouts.
Jesse Hahn gets the ball for the second time this spring. Hahn faced the Royals back on March 7 in his only appearance in the Cactus League. Hahn allowed two runs, both earned, on one hit with a walk and no strikeouts. Mike Moustakas took Hahn deep for a two-run shot in the first inning.
Hahn is coming off a good season with the A’s (6-6 in 16 starts, 3.35 ERA 1.17 WHIP) and figures heavily in Billy Beane’s plans for his team this year.
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