Cubs starter Chris Volstad was cruising through yesterday’s game. He had given up three hits in the first five innings, then something named Edwin Maysonet came to the plate. He hit a grand slam.
“It’s been really hard, frustrating,” said Volstad, winless in his last 18 starts. “I’m working my [backside] off and don’t have a lot to show for it.”
“That’s the way it’s been for every game,” Volstad said. “I’ve done so well except for one inning. It’s hard to pinpoint the difference. I’ve got to keep working.”
Dale Sveum, any ideas?
“He was doing well and it just got away from him again,” Sveum said. “The slider got him in trouble again. It’s a pitch he needs but it’s getting hit too often and too hard. He was put in a situation to get a ground ball and couldn’t get out of it and close that thing down. It just got out of hand again.”
So… any changes in the works?
“You’re going to consider it,” Sveum said. “There are options and things you can try and other people you can try. We’re all frustrated with the starts and the innings and the five shutout innings and one big inning. Whatever, six, seven starts in, we can’t get a grip on it.”
Ladies and gentlemen, your newest Cubs starter, Casey Coleman!
It sounds like Casey had quite the adventure getting from Fresno to Milwaukee.
Coleman was charting pitches in the stands for Triple-A Iowa at Fresno, Calif., on Friday night when he heard about the Cubs’ 13-inning game in Milwaukee and Marmol’s hamstring injury. Just 30 minutes after Iowa’s game was complete, Coleman got the word that he was going up to the major leagues.
That’s when the adventure began. There was no way to get on a red-eye flight from Fresno, so he bused with the team to Sacramento. He was able to get in a shower before jumping in a taxi and heading to the airport for a 5 a.m. flight.
In the absence of a carry-on bag, Casey had to put his stuff in a garbage bag.
He changed planes in Denver and landed in Milwaukee well after the Cubs and Brewers had started playing at Miller Park. All the while he carried his clothes, glove and cleats in a trash bag.
“I didn’t have a carry-on bag with me,” he said. “They said to pack your cleats and glove with you on the plane.”
I can just imagine all the disapproving looks he got from first class passengers. Speaking of first class, today is Mother’s Day, and the Cubs will try not to disappoint all the first class Cub fan mothers out there. Jeff Samardzija (4-1, 3.03) will be starting against Marco Estrada (0-2, 4.50). Game time is 1:10 Central and can be seen on WGN.