8/7 Colvin, Campy & Byrd
Tyler Colvin may play first base sometime this season after all. Colvin has been taking grounders there and Mike Quade said he may insert him into the lineup there before the season ends. Colvin played first base in college but has been used primarily as an outfielder with the Cubs. He did workout at first in Spring Training. Right now, Jeff Baker is the primary backup at first for Carlos Pena.
* Tony Campana, who notched his first big league home run Friday with an inside the park dash, started in left field on Sunday to give Alfonso Soriano a breather.
“I’ll pick my spots for him,” Quade said of Campana, who was 2-for-3 against Arroyo earlier this season. Soriano is 8-for-42 with one home run off the Reds’ starter.
* The Cubs have been waiting for a hot streak like the one they had entering Sunday’s game. The seven-game steak heading into Sunday’s game was the longest since a seven-game stretch Aug. 23-29, 2008. Does the Cubs don’t need to make many roster changes next year?
“It’s way too early for me to concern myself [with that] — and I dodge thatall the time,” Quade said.
“There’s plenty of reason to be excited but you still want to put together more than a seven-game streak,” he said. “You want five or six months of good baseball. I couldn’t be happier with what I’m seeing now and how guys are playing.”
* The Cubs totaled 11 runs on Saturday against the Reds, pounding 13 hits, and delivered in the clutch, going 5-for-16. But Marlon Byrd had a tough day. He was 0-for-5 and ended four innings, stranding seven in the game. For the season, he’s batting .207 with runners in scoring position and .200 with RISP with two outs. He has 20 RBIs in 74 games.
“That’s something he’s working like heck to improve on,” Quade said. “He’s getting his hits. People picked him up [Saturday]. He got a couple huge RBIs in Pittsburgh in those same situations. It hasn’t been what he’d like but nobody is working harder to contribute in those situations. Yesterday was a tough day and it surprised me because he’s really had great at-bats against [Johnny] Cueto, but guys make adjustments.
“No one gets it done all the time and he’s working to get better.”
— Carrie Muskat