8/2 A little history

Casey Coleman entered in the sixth for the Cubs, and the Coleman family now is the first in Major League history to have three generations of pitchers reach the big leagues.

Casey’s father Joe pitched from 1965-79, including an All-Star season in 1972, and a stint with the Cubs in 1976. His grandfather, Joe, pitched in the Majors from 1942-55, and was an All-Star in 1948.

They are the fourth third-generation family in Major League Baseball, joining the Bell, Boone and Hairston families. Casey and his father Joe now are the eighth father-son combination to play for the cubs, but the first father-son pitching duo.

His debut inning did not begin well as Coleman walked Casey McGehee. Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee went to the mound to talk to the right-hander, who then gave up a single to JIm Edmonds and a RBI single to Alcides Escobar. He got Jonathan Lucroy to ground into a double play and struck out Yovani Gallardo to strike out and end the inning.

Gallardo paid him back by striking out Coleman in the Cubs sixth.

Coleman, 23, was 10-7 with a 4.07 ERA in 20 starts for Triple-A Iowa this year.

– Carrie Muskat

 

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