Spring Training Game Eleven: Cubs (ss) (2-8) vs. White Sox (6-3-1)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CST
- Coverage – TV: WGN-TV (White Sox) – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score
- Location – Sloan Park, Mesa
Jason Hammel (0-0, 0.00, 1.00) vs. Erik Johnson (0-0, 12.00, 1.67)
It’s the Cubs vs. the White Sox in the first matchup of the year of the crosstown rivals. And even in Spring Training the games against the Southsiders have a different intensity.
The Cubs have a long day of baseball ahead of them with the second of two split squad days in the Cactus League this spring. Today is a day-night split squad day of sorts. Half of Joe Maddon’s spring roster takes on the White Sox this afternoon. The other half of the Cubs’ spring roster travels to Glendale later today for a night game (8:05pm CST) with the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch.
Jason Hammel gets the ball against the Sox and will be scheduled for three innings in his second start of the spring. The Sox are sending Erik Johnson to the hill. Mat Latos was scheduled to start this game earlier in the week.
Trevor Cahill makes his second start of the spring in Glendale in the nightcap of the split squad day.
WGN-TV Ch. 9 is carrying the White Sox broadcast of today’s game. Len Kasper and Ron Coomer have the Cubs call on 670 The Score.
Today all starts with Jason Hammel …
Jason Hammel makes his second start of the spring this afternoon. Hammel was very good against the Royals on Monday. After issuing a walk to the first batter he faced, Hammel made rather quick work of Kansas City over his two innings. Hammel gave up one hit, walked a batter and struck out one in two scoreless innings.
Hammel said he felt good after his last outing but would like to be more consistent with his mechanics the next time out.
Erik Johnson makes his second start of the Cactus League season today. Johnson was roughed up by the Angels his last time out. Johnson gave up four runs, all earned, on three hits with two walks and no strikeouts.
Johnson was rather effective in the big leagues last season. Johnson was 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 5.93 FIP in six starts, quite the contrast from his performance now two years ago. Johnson has the stuff to be a more than serviceable back of the rotation starter in the big leagues. He just needs to put it together at the highest level.
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