If one were making one’s MLB debut as a pitcher, I don’t think there are many friendlier ballparks than PETCO in San Diego. So when the Cubs sent Brooks “Boo Radley” Raley to the mound against the Padres, they were setting him up for success. Too bad he gave up 7 runs in 4 innings.
“That was an experience for sure,” Raley said. “Obviously you go from here to here. Obviously it was a great opportunity. I didn’t take advantage of it.”
Sveum said before the game that Raley would get a few more starts at least.
“I’m glad they gave me the opportunity,” he said. “I think I belong here. So I’m going to try and get better.”
Raley will get more starts because the other options are Casey Coleman and Rodrigo Lopez. What of the other rookies? Josh Vitters got his first MLB hit and two RBI. Brett Jackson has struck out in 8 of his last 9 plate appearances. But Jeff Beliveau threw 2 scoreless innings!
Today’s a travel day, with the Cubs returning to Chicago to play the Reds tomorrow. We won’t have another night game, but it’s a wacky start time of 5:35 Central today. Jeff Samardzija (7-9, 4.37) will face Clayton Richard (8-11, 4.01). You will be able to watch the game on WGN today.
Brett Jackson gets a break from striking out.