MILWAUKEE _ It’s Casey Coleman today in the series finale, and Cubs manager Mike Quade says he’s looking for about “85-ish” pitches from Coleman. James Russell goes Tuesday, and we’re trying to find out if there’s ever been another rotation with two sons of major-league pitchers in it. Casey’s dad and grandfather, both named Joe Coleman, pitched in the bigs. James’ dad, Jeff, was a closer.
Here is our postgame coverage with interesting interaction between Marlon Byrd and the media over Marlon's caught-stealing in the ninth inning of today's 6-5 loss:
Also check out Q talking about the Brewers running while up 5-0 in the eighth inning Saturday night:
Lineup vs. Yovani Gallardo:
Q says it’s just a day off for Alfonso Soriano. Colvin’s line is .105/.227/.263. He is 1-for-9 with 4 strikeouts vs. Gallardo. Fukudome is 5-for-13.
Coleman was 4-2 with a 4.11 ERA last year in 12 games for the Cubs, 8 starts.
“He’s a different guy,” Q said. “He’s a command guy. He doesn’t light up the gun. He changes speeds well. Even watching him this spring, the movement on his fastball…he punched out somebody, a left-handed hitter that he threw at the guy’s hip and it came back. Not only has he got decent stuff, but he’s deceptive. It’s a strange delivery. He fields his position, does all the little things. He’s developing, as well.”
The Cubs have gone the first eight games this year without a stolen base. The last time they did that at the start of the season was 1964, when Lou Brock was on the team (at least he was until June 15 of that year).
Q was asked about the Brewers’ Chris Gomez stealing second and third last night with his team up 5-0. He’s doing his best to be diplomatic, but clearly, it seemed to offend his old-school baseball sensibilities.
“I think everybody’s got to make their own decisions on that,” Q said. “There are unwritten rules. Since they’re unwritten, I guess that the decision on what they are and when they apply are left ambiguous. That’s just a really fast guy. I guess he wanted to steal a couple of bases. That’s their decision. We’ll see how it plays out. A lot of situations, a lot of different things apply. I know I cut Colvin loose with a 5-or 6-run lead last year in the middle of a game with the bases loaded and a 3-0 count. I had an umpire tell my young player that was not right, which was amazing. These unwritten rules, everybody’s got their own interpretation. Sometimes when interpretations differ, that’s when you get into trouble.”
The roof is open here so far.
Class AAA Iowa lost 13-9 at Round Rock. Scott Moore reached base four times, going 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, a homer and 3 RBI. 1B Bryan LaHair went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a homer and 3 RBI.
Class AA Tennessee lost 12-4 to Chattanooga. Ryan Flaherty was 2-for-5 with 3 RBI. DJ LeMahieu had 2 hits, and Brett Jackson went 1-for-4 with a walk.
Class A Daytona won 7-3 over Brevard County. DH Welington Castillo went 2-for-3 with a walk. Nelson Perez hit 2 homers. 1B Justin Bour homered for the second-consecutive game. Aaron Kurcz got the win with 5 innings of work.
Class A Peoria fell 12-9 to Cedar Rapids. Pierre LePage went 3-for-4 with a walk and a double. Matt Szczur went 2-for-4 with a walk and 2 RBI. He also stole his first base. Catcher Micah Gibbs went 2-for-5 with a walk and his first stolen base.