Results tagged ‘ Casey McGehee ’

8/3 Byrd is the word

Marlon Byrd has made one great catch after another in center field this season for the Cubs. On Tuesday night, he robbed the Brewers’ Casey McGehee in the seventh and then dove for another great catch of Alcides Escobar’s ball leading off the eighth. As Byrd says, the defense should never slump.

He’s a good mentor for the Cubs rookies.

“That was the culture I helped start in Texas, especially with the young guys — we had a lot of young guys last year,” Byrd said. “They see veteran guys slacking out there, they think they can do it. Anytime they go a little slower than they should have, we have to say something. We have to set a standard for the young guys. The big thing is passing the torch, and you can’t do that if you’re not playing right.”

The Brewers wouldn’t mind if Byrd took a day off against them.

“There are a lot of guys in here talking about him,” McGehee said. “He goes and gets it just as well as anybody. He’s like a free safety out there. You have to work to get one away from him. I was getting tired of seeing that.”

— Carrie Muskat

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


6/9 About last night …

Milwaukee’s Casey McGehee on Cubs closer Carlos Marmol:

“He gets you to take funky swings, for sure,” McGehee said. “You almost have to pick one [of the fastball or slider] and sell out to it, and that’s no guarantee, either. He throws 96-97 [mph] with one of the best sliders going. You’re in a fistfight against that guy.”

— Carrie Muskat