8/8 Growing pains
The Cubs used four rookie pitchers on Sunday, the most since five pitched Sept. 30, 2006, against the Rockies. Rookie Thomas Diamond started and gave up five runs on four hits and three walks over three innings. In his Major League debut last Tuesday against the Brewers, Diamond struck out 10 but he fanned only one on Sunday.
Casey Coleman, James Russell and Mitch Atkins followed Diamond. Back in that September game, it was Juan Mateo, Jae-Kuk Ryu, David Aardsma, Angel Guzman, and Les Walrond. Reds manager Dusty Baker was the Cubs manager at that time.
The kids are going through some growing pains.
“When you don’t make plays behind them and you have a tough lineup, it’s going to be hard already,” Koyie Hill said. “I think [the rookie pitchers] are capable. I don’t think they’ve showed their best stuff today.
“You’ve got to break into the game sometime, so you can’t say it’s a bad situation or whatever,” Hill said. “You’re going to have to go through that. They’re good kids and work hard. I don’t doubt they’ll come back better for it next time.”
– Carrie Muskat