3/29 Patton, Gaudin, Lee and Reed
Rule 5 Draft pick David Patton wants a big league job. He pitched the eighth on Sunday against Cleveland, and struck out two of the three batters he faced. The right-hander has a 0.84 ERA so far, and will pitch again Tuesday.
“He’s not stumbling,” Lou Piniella said of Patton, who has not pitched above Class A ball. “He keeps throwing strikes. He’s showing that good curveball. He’s pitching like he wants a job. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. I can tell you this, the kid’s hungry and he’s looking for a Major League job. He’s made it very difficult. Good for him.”
Chad Gaudin did not fair as well. He now has a 10.54 ERA after giving up three runs on three hits and one walk Sunday.
“He’s not pitching aggressively,” Piniella said. “He’s getting behind on the hitters.”
Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild has worked with Gaudin on the backfield in an attempt to get the right-hander to stay on top of the ball, but he cant seem to take that into games.
- Derrek Lee was lifted from the game after hitting a single in the fifth because his right quad is still tender. He may need more rest, although Lee said it wasn’t a problem.
- Reed Johnson delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer on Sunday. “He didn’t come here this spring to share a job,” Piniella said. “He came here to take a job. I’m telling you, he’s doing his part.”
– Carrie Muskat