Monday, March 19, 2012

Cubs get a "W" over the Mariners, 12-7

Randy Wells allowed three hits and two runs this morning in a rare "B" game against the Cleveland Indians on a cold and windy back field in Goodyear.  The Cubs lost 6-5 and first baseman Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run triple in the game. 

Manager Dale Sveum said, "Wells actually was fairly sharp down in the zone.  He got the outs when he needed to.  [Cristian] Guzman, trying to get the guy over, hooked the ball out of the park on him.  Other than that, he didn't give up any runs.  He got out of some big jams with bases-loaded ground-ball double plays.  It wasn't bad by any means."  Wells finds himself in the competition (along with Chris Volstad, Jeff Samardzija, and Travis Wood) for a spot in the starting rotation for the third year in a row.

Randy Wells is competing for a spot in the Cubs' starting rotation once again (photo from Reuters)
Travis Wood started in the Cubs game this afternoon against the Seattle Mariners.  He didn't have an impressive outing as he allowed 7 runs, 7 hits (including 3 home runs), 2 walks, 2 strikeouts in two innings pitched.  James Russell allowed zero runs, one hit, issued no walks, and threw one strikeout during two innings pitched.  Jay Jackson also didn't allow a run, but allowed 4 hits, one walk, and struck out one during four innings pitched.  The Cubs had a total of 18 hits from 13 different players and ended up beating the Mariners, 12-7.

Tomorrow the Cubs will face the Texas Rangers at 3:05pm in HoHoKam Park.  Only 17 more days until Opening Day!

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