Randy Wells pitched five innings in relief of Garza and came into the game when the score was 7-0 Astros. Wells allowed just one run, three hits and walked two batters and struck out three. His pitch count was 78 over five innings, while Garza threw 72 pitches over three innings.
“I tell you what, Randy Wells really pitched his (tail) off,” Garza said. “He picked me up for five innings. He did what I couldn’t and that was to give the bullpen a rest.”
|Randy Wells pitched five innings in relief of Matt Garza on Monday in Houston (AP photo)|
Wells also made a great play tonight on Travic Buck's little dribbler down the first-base line in the bottom of the fifth inning. Here's a link to the play. I personally hope that Wells is successful in the bullpen and will remain on the roster.
|David DeJesus climbs the right-field wall but can't come up with a home run by the Astros' Jed Lowrie during the seventh inning in Monday's game (Getty photo)|
Cubs manager Dale Sveum didn't end up shaking up the lineup, like he hinted at over the weekend. “I didn’t say I was changing it,” Sveum said. “I considered it. I decided not to.” Sveum said he wanted to overload the lineup with left-handed hitters against Astros starter Bud Norris. The other reason is the Cubs will face left-handed starters for three games, beginning Tuesday, and he’ll be using his right-handed hitting lineup for those games. But Sveum did come close to some tweaks.
“Very close, I will admit,” Sveum said. “I decided to give it one more week, the right-handed lineup.”
Tomorrow the Cubs will play game 2 of the 3 game series at 7:05pm CT. Travis Wood will start for the Cubs tomorrow as he takes Chris Volstad's spot in the rotation. Volstad was optioned to Triple-A Iowa last week.