Spring Training Game Thirty-Two: Cubs (11-18-2) vs. Angels (18-8-6)
- Game Time – 2:05pm CDT
- Coverage – TV: MLB.TV – Radio: WSCR 670 The Score
- Location – Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim
Kyle Hendricks (0-2, 2.92, 1.09) vs. Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 7.65, 1.70)
The Cubs return to the field this afternoon for the final exhibition game of the spring. Joe Maddon’s team opens the 2016 season on Monday night (9:05pm CDT) against these same Angels. Joe Maddon said Friday his regulars would get “three or so” at-bats today in advance of Opening Day, just to make sure they are ready when the bell rings.
Dexter Fowler is expected back in the lineup in what will be his first playing time in a week. Fowler is reportedly good to go for the first game of the season. Maddon would like to get Fowler three or four plate appearances today.
The Cubs’ goal, like it has been all spring, is to make it through today’s game without any injuries.
While the Cubs do not start playing games that count until tomorrow, today is Opening Day for six teams. The Cardinals and Pirates (12:05pm CDT), Blue Jays and Rays (3:05pm CDT) and Mets and Royals (7:37pm CDT) kick off their season.
Pat Hughes and Ron Coomer have the call of today’s exhibition game on 670 The Score. The telecast is available on MLB.TV.
The final practice game of the spring all starts with Kyle Hendricks …
Even though nothing to this point counts, Kyle Hendricks will look to bounce back today from his last two starts. Hendricks could use a strong finish to the spring just to end it on a positive note.
After being roughed up for two quick runs the third time through the Rangers lineup, Hendricks was hammered his last time out in Tempe. And he lost it after serving up back-to-back blasts to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. Hendricks said it was the four-pitch walk to Kole Calhoun after serving up the homers that bothered more than the mistake to Pujols.
Hendricks gave up six runs, four earned, on nine hits with two walks and four strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings to the Angels.
In six games, five starts, in the Cactus League, Hendricks was charged with 10 runs, eight earned, on 23 hits with four walks and 23 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings.
Matt Shoemaker is coming off back-to-back outings in the Cactus League in which he gave up four runs each time out. The White Sox touched up Shoemaker for four runs on six hits with a walk and four strikeouts in six innings. The start before, the Royals scored four runs on seven hits in five innings. Shoemaker did walk a batter back on March 18 against the Royals and struck out five.
In five Cactus League games, four starts, Shoemaker allowed 17 runs, all earned, on 17 hits (seven home runs) with seven walks and 17 strikeouts in 20 innings.
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