Campana is quick to disrupt Halladay

April, 27, 2012
Padilla By Doug Padilla
PHILADELPHIA -- Just because Roy Halladay had retired the first 10 batters he faced Friday didn’t mean Tony Campana was going to go away from what he does best.

Campana bunted for a hit in the fourth inning, becoming the first Cubs base runner off the Philadelphia Phillies ace, and later scored to give the Cubs a lead they would not relinquish in a 5-1 victory Friday in the opener of a four-game series and seven-game road trip.

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Howard Smith/US PresswireTony Campana's speed helped the Cubs again in Friday's win.
It was typical Campana, doing whatever he can to disrupt the flow and give his team an edge. He’s been doing it for a week now ever since he was promoted from Triple-A Iowa last weekend.

Afterward manager Dale Sveum confirmed that Campana will be the Cubs starting center fielder about 80 percent of the time. What he didn’t say was what would happen if and when highly-touted center field prospect Brett Jackson is recalled from Iowa at some point this season.

Campana probably won't start Saturday, though, against Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton. Sveum didn't say who might start in center instead, but Reed Johnson is batting .417 (5-for-12) in his career against Blanton.

By Sunday, though, Campana figures to be back in the lineup and running all over the place.

“That kind of speed you can’t teach and you can’t do anything about it sometimes either,” Sveum said. “Sometimes it’s indefensible no matter what you do. But that’s what that kind of closing speed in the outfield and on the base paths does. If you do worry about it I think sometimes it can get you in trouble.”

Campana sensed he was at least being a little bit of a disruption to Halladay, stealing second base in the fourth inning and just being a threat to run after an infield single in the sixth.

“He’s usually one of those guys who likes to get the ball and go and he had to slow down and really pay attention to me a little more,” Campana said. “Even when I didn’t steal the second time he had to pay attention to me over there which I think got Starlin [Castro] and [Bryan] LaHair some pitches to hit.”

Campana felt no reason to make apologies for breaking through for the first hit off Halladay with a bunt.

“It was a tie game, just trying to get on base,” he said. “I got a decent one down and was able to get underneath the first baseman. When I first bunted it I didn’t know if it would be far enough away or not but I was able to sneak in there.”

It was not only Campana’s second multi-hit game since being recalled, he is batting .389 since coming up, doing most of his damage out of the No. 2 hole.

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for and ESPN Radio 1000.



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