Tommy Nance did yeoman work for the Cubs Sunday night after Adbert Alzolay threw only three innings in an unsuccessful start.
Nance threw three innings and 44 pitches, his longest outing not just in his 18 appearances for the big-league Cubs this year, but also including the three games he pitched for Triple-A Iowa before he was called up May 17.
With Nance likely unavailable for most if not all the series against the Brewers in Milwaukee that starts tonight, the Cubs recalled righthander Trevor Megill from Iowa. This move shouldn’t surprise anyone, as it gives the Cubs a fresh bullpen arm for the Brewers series.
This will be Megill’s third stint with the big-league club this year. Previously, he’s made four scoreless appearances covering three innings, with three walks and two strikeouts to his credit. Also, his brother Tylor recently made his MLB debut with the Mets. Both Megills are big dudes — Trevor is 6-8, Tylor 6-7.
In Nance’s 18 games with the big-league Cubs, he has posted a 3.20 ERA and 1.017 WHIP in 19⅔ innings. He’s walked nine and struck out 21 and been a real asset to what has become the best bullpen in MLB. He’ll certainly be back later this summer.