As Mike Quade gives the September call-ups the opportunity to play, a shattered bat ends Tyler Colvin’s season.
The Cubs complete the sweep of the Florida Marlins capping a 8-1 road trip. Mike Quade called it Kid’s Day as he filled the lineup with rookies. The younger players took advantage of the situation as the Cubs crushed Florida 13-3.
The call-ups exhibited patience and discipline at the plate as they capitalized on walks from the Florida pitching staff. Brad Snyder notched his first major league hit, ripping a single up the middle and Wellington Castillo crushed his first major league home run deep into the left field seats.
The big story came in the second inning with Tyler Colvin on third base, Castillo smacked a ground-rule double.
His bat shattered and Colvin was speared in the chest by the shard of the bat. He crossed home plate holding his chest.
The celebration turned to concern as Colvin was rushed to the hospital where he had a tube inserted in his lungs to assist his breathing.
Tyler Colvin’s excellent rookie season is over as the team announced the news following his hospitalization. He is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Cubs’ fans have grown fond of Colvin and wish him well. Tyler has played beyond expectations and has found a place with the Cubs. Many think that he will be the Cubs’ first baseman come Spring.
Jeff Samardzija pitched well again to earn another victory.
As a whole, the September call-ups all contributed and played well. Scoring 13 runs is a great confidence booster. Mike Quade was pleased that the youngsters performed so well.
The Cubs are now 17-7 under Mike Quade who deserves a lot of credit for the teams’ turnaround. He continues to strengthen his case for the managerial position for next year.