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Monday, April 9, 2012
Cubs bullpen gets pushed around again

By Doug Padilla



CHICAGO -- Shawn Camp made no excuses Monday after the Milwaukee Brewers jumped on the Chicago Cubs right-hander to build a cushion that would be important once the Cubs tried to rally late in Monday’s game.

Camp, who was claimed off waivers from the Seattle Mariners late in spring training, knows that any time he veers from his script he’s going to be in trouble.

“I had a good game plan. I just think if I came out making quality pitches, you get good results,” Camp said. “I have been around this game long enough. I just got some balls elevated. My success is built on keeping the ball on the ground and that didn’t happen today.”

Shawn Camp
Shawn Camp walks off the field after giving up two runs in the sixth inning Monday.
Taking over moments after the Cubs had tied the game in the fifth inning, Camp gave up two runs in the sixth. He then gave up another in the seventh inning. Lendy Castillo then came on for his major-league debut in the eighth inning and gave up another run.

It was yet another case when a team was able to take advantage of the Cubs bullpen and go on to a victory. The Washington Nationals rallied against Kerry Wood and Carlos Marmol in each of the first two games of the season.

There are no indications that the Cubs plan on making huge bullpen changes this early in the season. That’s not to say that a left-hander might not be added in the coming weeks, but for now they will remain patient and allow the relievers to get their legs under them.

“I just think winning is contagious and pitching is contagious too,” Camp said. “Once people get rolling, all you need is that momentum going into a certain situation and pitching becomes contagious. It’s easy to come to the yard when you are having success. The hard part is when you aren’t having success.”

The offense showed its fight with a ninth-inning rally and Camp thinks that stuff like that can be contagious too.

“We’re going to get on a roll,” he said.