Dale Sveum says Darwin Barney has been good as gold
By Toni Ginnetti email@example.com September 1, 2012 8:18PM
Second baseman Darwin Barney could earn a Gold Glove after playing a record 116 games without making an error. | Charles Rex Arbogast~AP
GIANTS AT CUBS
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The starters: Matt Cain (13-5, 2.82 ERA) vs. Travis Wood (4-11, 4.71).
Updated: October 3, 2012 6:31AM
Second baseman Darwin Barney has played a record-setting 116 games without an error, a feat that should make him a contender for Gold Glove honors. Manager Dale Sveum will subtly remind managers about the streak when they consider postseason awards.
‘‘You hope it does [help] just talking in passing,’’ he said. ‘‘You try to do the best you can, but the actions on the field and that streak itself are impressive enough.’’
While postseason honors reflect well on the team, Sveum said they are more about the players.
‘‘It would be a great accomplishment to get a Gold Glove or the other accomplishments, but it’s the players who have put themselves in those positions.’’
Outfielder Tony Campana returned Saturday for his second stint with the team and is still tied for 10th in the National League in stolen bases (20), despite being sent down Aug. 5.
‘‘I knew I needed to go down to get at-bats,’’ he said. ‘‘I wasn’t getting them here, so it was nice to get close to 100 at-bats for a month. I’ll come off the bench and do my thing and run around a little bit.’’
Outfielder Dave Sappelt, 25, joined the team for the first time after coming with Travis Wood in the trade that sent Sean Marshall to the Cincinnati Reds.
‘‘It’s something brand new,’’ said Sappelt, who played 38 games for the Reds last year. ‘‘My goal whenever I play is to show I can come off the bench and hit. I think that’s going to be my contribution — like Reed Johnson. We have a couple of guys who are going for that role, so the competition will be fierce in September.’’
Infielder Adrian Cardenas, 24, also rejoined the team.
Reliever Shawn Camp has made a league-high 68 appearances and is on pace to finish with 84. That would exceed his career high of 75 set in 2006, when he was with the Tampa Bay Rays.
It also would match the Cubs’ single-season record, held by three pitchers: Ted Abernathy (1965), Dick Tidrow (1980) and Bob Howry (2006).
‘‘Camp has done a great job for us all year long,’’ Sveum said.
Camp got a key out in the eighth inning Friday when he struck out Pablo Sandoval looking with two runners on base.
Carlos Marmol has converted 16 straight save opportunities dating to May 2, when he returned to the closer role. His ERA in those games is 0.59, compared to 3.83 overall.
‘‘Marmol has done a phenomenal job since he’s been back in the closer role,’’ Sveum said.