Randy Wells bounced back from a poor start and the Cubs bats came out firing on all cylinders as the Cubs defeated the White Sox 8-4 on Friday afternoon.
Wells was rocked in his previous outing, but he bounced back with a solid 4+ innings in the win. The White Sox did manage 6 hits and 1 walk off the righty, but he limited the damage to just 2 runs. He also worked out of a self-created no out, bases loaded jam in the 4th inning (2 hits and a hit batter) by forcing 2 come-backers and 1 line out. Wells keeps logging the innings and he appears ready to hold down the fort with the #3 starting rotation spot until Ted Lilly is ready to return from his off-season surgery. Wells has also made a decision regarding his visions. Wells recently started wearing glasses for reading purposes and to see at night, but he has opted against wearing them during games. “I think I’m going to bang the glasses. I don’t need them to play baseball. I don’t mind wearing glasses off the field. It’s a non-issue… I’m still struggling to find the slider and get that sinker refined and where I need it to be day in and day out. All in all, Friday was pretty good, when your back is against the wall to make pitches.”
The Cubs offense also produced to support Wells’ effort. Ryan Theriot had another 2 hits and 2 runs scored and is now batting .536 on the spring. Derrek Lee had a 2-run home run and 3 RBI’s. Alfonso Soriano had 2 hits including a 2-run home run and Marlon Byrd also had 2 hits with a solo home run. This was a great sign out of the Cubs lineup – things seem to be falling into place for a lot of Cubs players. If the team can get Aramis Ramirez back in the lineup on a consistent basis, the Cubs offense could be a pleasant surprise during the 2010 MLB schedule.
It’s always good to be the rival Sox. Let’s hope a few more wins keep coming the Cubs way as spring training has just about 2 weeks left. Wrigley Field home action is set to start on Monday, April 12th against the Milwaukee Brewers!