Scouting Report on todays starters from MLB.com
Rich Hill – You might as well precede Hill’s name with the term, “the left-handed ace of the Cubs.” And that’s no knock on Ted Lilly. Hill has been masterful since coming up late last season and is coming off a seven-inning shutout of the Reds after being forced to wait nine days between starts. He struck out five, but did walk four. Hill won his only start against Atlanta last season, allowing one run and striking out six over 5 2/3 innings.
Mark Redman – Redman hasn’t provided a good first impression for the Braves, who took him off the unemployment line on March 9. The veteran left-hander surrendered seven earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Marlins on Friday night. Most of the damage came during a five-run first-inning. He has allowed five earned runs or more in six of his past 14 starts, but posted a respectable 3.35 ERA in the other eight starts. In five career starts against the Cubs, the soft-throwing southpaw is 2-2 with a 2.70 ERA.
View the Cubs career numbers vs. Mark Redman – ESPN Splits
Mike Fontenot (AAA) 3-5, 2(2B), 3RBI, (.293avg)
Les Walrond (AAA) 6IP, No Runs, 4H, 4K, WIN (1.06ERA)
Chris Walker (AA) 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, (.317avg)
Sean Gallagher (AA) 6.2IP, 2ER, 5H, 3BB, 8K, WIN (3.12ERA)
Jeff Samardzija (High-A) 5IP, 1ER, 5H, 2BB, 1K, (2.40ERA)