Coleman Has Strong Triple-A Debut

Casey Coleman did his part in trying to get Iowa its first victory of the season, holding Nashville to three runs (two earned) and four hits over six innings in his first career Triple-A start Sunday -- a 4-2 loss at Principal Park. Coleman (0-1) struck out four batters and did not allow a walk.

Coleman retired the first five batters he faced and threw two scoreless innings to open the game. He allowed a double and a run in the third inning and then a two-run home run to Brendan Katin in the fourth, giving Nashville a 3-2 lead.

"My goal was to go out there and throw strikes right away and give my team a chance to win the game," Coleman said. "Besides the one home run, I felt like I made good pitches the whole game and kept us in it."

The 22-year-old Coleman led the Cubs' farm system with 14 victories a season ago and finished 14-6 with a 3.68 ERA in 27 starts at Class AA Tennessee. He threw 149 innings and was named Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year by the club.

Sunday he threw 78 pitches, 54 strikes as Nashville completed a four-game sweep of Iowa (0-4) to open the season.

"I was able to locate my fastball for the most part and I felt like it had some good movement," Coleman said. "I was able to throw my curveball and changeup over for strikes early in the game, which helped set a tone for the rest of my outing."

"I'm glad I was able to get six innings in. I need to keep that mindset every outing so I can continue to go deeper into games."

The Cubs' offense managed just seven hits in the loss and have yet to score more than three runs in a game this season. Jason Dubois hit his second home run, and Micah Hoffpauir had an RBI double that scored Coleman from second.

Coleman helped his cause at the plate by going 1-for-1 with a single and a walk.

"Surprisingly I was seeing the ball real well at the plate (Sunday), and I was just trying to put the bat on the ball and make something happen," Coleman said. "It was nice to get a hit this early because last year it took me 13 at-bats or so."

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