Cashner has benefited from Quade's trust
If there is one difference between new manager Mike Quade and his predecessor, Lou Piniella -- at least early in Quade's tenure -- it's in the handling of the bullpen.
Quade has not been afraid to go to his young relievers in key situations.
In the last week, Quade has turned to righty Andrew Cashner in the eighth inning. Lefty James Russell has worked the seventh against tough hitters. Both kids have gotten the job done.
It's a two-way street. While Quade is showing confidence in the kids, he expects results.
"We talked to the kids when I came in here on Monday," the manager said. "We are young and all the rest of that. That's no excuse. I don't know what the timetable is, but I know that it's time for these guys to get better."
Cashner, who has endured some struggles despite good stuff, said Quade has boosted his confidence.
"It gives me a lot of confidence," Cashner said. "I feel like, from top to bottom in the organization, they still have confidence in me."
--RF Kosuke Fukudome hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the eighth inning Sunday. It was the 12th home run of the year for Fukudome, establishing his career best in the major leagues. He hit 11 last year. His career best in Japan was 34 with Chunichi in 2003.
"I do feel good, so I just want to continue doing the best I can to increase my number," he said.
--Cashner turned in his fourth straight scoreless outing Sunday. The rookie got the final two outs in the eighth inning, stranding two runners.
--RHP Casey Coleman got a no-decision Sunday after gaining his first major league victory last Monday in Washington. The rookie faced a decidedly tougher lineup in the Reds.
"It's always good to face a team like that," he said. "They've got a really good lineup. I just tried to attack the zone like I did last time. They got a few hits in there and found some holes."
--RHP Carlos Silva gained rave reviews for working with the minor leaguers before and after his rehab start Friday for Class A Peoria. It's customary for big leaguers to buy the postgame clubhouse food spread. Silva did that, but not just for Peoria. He also bought postgame dinner for the opposing team, Cedar Rapids, the Peoria Journal Star reported.
"It was cool," Peoria LHP Jeff Lorick told the paper. "I sat down to watch him at the start of the game to see how he handled himself prior to his start. Sometimes guys come down and big league; they don't talk and leave real fast. Carlos was around the whole time, talking to anyone that wanted to talk to him. He paid for the postgame spread. He's a great guy."
--Rookie SS Starlin Castro entered Sunday three plate appearances shy of qualifying for league stats. His .308 batting average would have ranked him sixth in the NL. He went 2-for-5, snapping an 0-for-9 skid with a second-inning single.
--2B Jeff Baker started and batted leadoff against Reds LHP Travis Wood. Quade said he was playing the matchups. Baker singled in each of his first two at-bats and walked his third time up.
BY THE NUMBERS: 16 -- Number of rookies used by the Cubs this season, the most they have used since playing 16 in 2006. LHP Scott Maine, who made his major league debut last week, was the 16th Cubs rookie to play this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Look at my numbers. It makes me want to throw up every time I look at them." -- RHP Randy Wells, after snapping a five-game losing streak over the weekend.