Pitching Matchup – Cubs: Edwin Jackson (0-0, 0.00) vs. Pirates: Wandy Rodriguez (0-0, 0.00)
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
When: 6:05 PM CST
TV/Radio: CSN Chicago / WGN 720
The Run Down: The Cubs look to go 2-0 for the first time in what seems like forever. Edwin Jackson will make his Cubs debut, and have to battle his emotions and stay within himself in order to have the command he will need to work deep into this one. With Wandy Rodriguez heading to the mound for the Pirates the Cubs will go to their lefty lineup today which features a number of back ups including Dave Sappelt, Alberto Gonzalez, and Scott Hairston.
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Full Box Score
If the Cubs can bottle this Spring pitching and take in North when they break camp they will be more than just an improved team in 2013. The pitching this afternoon was fantastic, and it all started with Edwin Jackson making not only his Spring debut, but his Cubs debut. Jackson was stellar, tossing two scoreless innings while pounding the strike zone. He surrendered two hits, didn’t walk anyone and didn’t strike out anyone, you have a defense behind you, use it! Drew Carpenter followed Jackson and was the eventual winning pitcher for the Cubs as he also went two innings giving up one run on two hits while walking one and striking out one. Chris Rusin, Zach Putnam, and Nick Struck combined to closed out the final five innings for the victory. Both Rusin and Struck went two innings, Struck picked up the save giving up one run on two hits, while striking out one. The Cubs didn’t knock out too many hits on the day (6) but they made them count as they were able to push across four runs. Christian Villanueva got the Cubs on the board in the third inning with a solo home run off of Jorge De La Rosa. Dave Sappelt had a strong day at the plate going 2-for-2 with a home run of his own, an RBI, and he scored two runs. Starlin Castro doubled, Javier Baez and Logan Watkins rounded out the hits for the Cubs, and Baez recorded his first stolen base as well.
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