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All-Star memories

Leading up to Tuesday’s All-Star Game in St. Louis, Cubs TV broadcaster Bob Brenly was asked about his experience in the 1984 mid-summer classic, played at Candlestick Park.

“[NL manager Paul Owen] had a very open mind,” Brenly said. “He took four catchers to the All-Star Game — Gary Carter, Tony Pena, Jody Davis and myself. Statistically, we’d all had good years and all deserved to go. The game was played at Candlestick Park, so I think that played into the fact that I got chosen. I was forever grateful for that. I never thought I’d play a game in the big leagues, let alone get an opportunity to play in an All-Star Game.”

Brenly was the Giants catcher, and he and Chili Davis were the team’s reps that year.

“What I remember,” Brenly said, “was how I went home one day and the names were hung above the lockers of all my [Giants] teammates [in the clubhouse], and I came back the next day [for the All-Star Game] and there’s Dale Murphy and Ryne Sandberg and Ozzie Smith and Gary Carter and Doc Gooden, and I said, ‘Man, this team is a lot better than the one I played on yesterday.’

“It was a great experience. For a lot of the guys on the National League team, it was old hat — they’d gone to a lot of All-Star Games. I felt like a kid in the candy store.”
Brenly did pinch-hit in the sixth inning for Gooden, but struck out. The National League won, 3-1.

“Some of the veterans like Reggie Smith and Darrell Evans said, ‘You’ll never get an ovation louder than at your home park for an All-Star Game,” Brenly said. “It was, and it was really cool.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/4 Minor matters

J.R. Mathes gave up one run on three hits over two innings and took the loss in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to Nashville on Wednesday. Vince Perkins served up two runs on three hits and four walks over 3 1/3 innings in relief. Steve Clevenger had two hits, including a double. … Jeremy Papelbon gave up two runs on five hits over 3 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 4-3 loss to Carolina. Tyler Colvin tied the game at 2 with a solo homer in the seventh. … Dan McDaniel gave up six runs, five earned, on six hits over 2 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 8-1 loss to Charlotte. Three Daytona Cubs were named to the Florida State League mid-season All-Star team: SS Starlin Castro, C Robinson Chirinos, and RHP Ryan Searle. … Peoria completed a rain-suspended game on Wednesday, beating Beloit, 3-2. Michael Brenly, son of broadcaster and former big leaguer Bob Brenly, extended his hitting streak to six games, and was batting .370 in that stretch. In the second game, Marcus Hatley gave up one run on four hits over 6 2/3 innings in a 2-1 win over the Snappers. Rebel Ridling drove in both runs for Peoria.

On Tuesday, Esmailin Caridad gave up three runs on five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 3-0 loss to Nashville. It was Caridad’s fifth quality start, and third stright. … Casey Coleman hrew 6 2/3 shutout innings in Tennessee’s 1-0, 10-inning loss to Carolina. … Daytona lost, 6-1, to Sarasota. Tony Campana posted his fourth multi-hit game in his last six, going 2-for-4.

On Monday, Mitch Atkins’ ERA has ballooned to 8.38. He gave up six runs on 10 hits over four innings in Iowa’s 6-2 loss to Memphis. … Hung-Wen Chen gave up eight runs, seven earned, on 11 hits over three innings in Tennessee’s 9-2 loss to Huntsville. Colvin, recently promoted to the Double-A team, hit a double and drew a walk. … Searle threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up nine hits, in Daytona’s 4-0 win over Sarasota. Chirinos hit two home runs.

— Carrie Muskat

BB's bum knee

The Cubs have been relatively healthy this spring, but do have one “player” on crutches. Bob Brenly, the Cubs’ TV analyst, was hobbling Monday after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Brenly says he had the procedure done in preparation for possible knee replacement surgery after the season. He’s used to this — he’s had seven surgeries on his knees. That’s what happens to catchers. Monday was his first Cactus League game. Brenly and teammate Len Kasper will have their first broadcast Wednesday from Las Vegas.

“I could play,” Brenly said. “I’m day to day.”

— Carrie Muskat

Happy birthday

Not only is it a perfect day for baseball in Mesa, but it’s also Ron Santo’s 69th birthday and Bob Brenly’s 55th. Santo had to work, the first of 11 games on WGN Radio.

Did you know the Cubs and Dodgers have split their first 2,024 regular season meetings since their first game in 1890. Each team has won 1,012 games in the series.

— Carrie Muskat