The time is now for certain Cubs players to prove their worth for the future. Lucky for Tom Gorzelanny & Tyler Colvin, they’ll have a shot to show what they can do. With the suspension of Milton Bradley, the Cubs called upon Tyler Colvin – - to make his major league debut during the last few weeks of the season. Manager Lou Pinella threw him right into the mix on Monday night in Milwaukee and he produced right away – in the 1st inning! Colvin had a sacrifice fly in his 1st at-bat, his 1st ever hit in the 3rd inning and his 1st ever walk in the 5th inning. Colvin made his 2nd career out in the 7th inning, but at least he advanced a runner on the groundball out. All in all, a productive night for Colvin in his major leage debut… He had this to say about the night – “Yeah, I was nervous. I can’t hide that. I was really nervous before the game, I didn’t eat. Once I got out there I was all right… You learn to control your emotions in front of a big crowd. I’ve never played in front of a crowd like this. Hopefully I can build off this.”
Tom Gorzelanny also showed some grit in the Cubs 10-2 win. Manager Lou Pinella likes what Gorzelanny brings to the club – “We like Gorzelanny. He’s got a spot here, whether it’s pitching in the middle of the bullpen or whether it’s as a fourth or fifth starter. We’ll have to wait and see what happens over the winter.” Gorzelanny pitched on 5 innings on Monday night, but he struck out 9 and gave up 2 ER on 6 hits and 1 walk. Both runs scored on solo home runs by Mike Cameron. Gorzelanny has made 11 appearances (5 starts) since coming over from the Pirates and while his ERA is a hefty 5.04, he has a solid 1.19 WHIP and a 3-1 record.
As for the regulars, Derrek Lee continues to be one of the hottest hitters in baseball since July 1st. He was 3 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and 3 runs scored. He clubbed his 34th HR in the win and tied his career high in RBI’s with 107. His average is up to .306 and his on-base percentage is .391. Aramis Ramirez also went for 3 for 4, including his 14th home run of the season. And in just 286 at-bats and 76 games, Ramirez has 61 RBI’s good for 2nd best on the team behind Lee. Kosuke Fukudome and Jeff Baker each had 2 hits. And Justin Berg has continued his good relief pitching for the Cubs – in 5 September appearances, Berg has pitched 5 scoreless innings, allowing just 4 hits and no walks during that span.
While the season is essnetially over for all intents and purposes, it is nice to see guys still competing for pride and for the future. Hopefully a positive ending will remind the Cubs that they were the division champs 2 years in a row, and that a rebound is not out of the question…