Finally — Cubs Win Cubs Win — Wells Tops Braves 2-0

Posted on 09 April 2010 by Lou

At last — the Cubs finally picked up their 1st win of the season behind the dominant pitching of Randy Wells.  Wells tossed 6 shutout innings, scattering 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 1.  Wells was excited to go 1 for 1 this season after having to wait 8 starts (despite pitching well) to pick up his 1st win in 2009.  The bullpen – although a little shaky – preserved the win with 3 scoreless innings of relief.  Sean Marshall remained perfect on the season by retiring the only 2 batters he faced in the 7th inning.  Esmailin Cardidad gave up a hit in the 8th and John Grabow – in another awful appearance – followed that up with a walk to the only batter he faced, but Carlos Marmol saved the day.  He got out of the 2 on jam in the 8th and also got out of a mini 9th inning jam that he created himself by giving up a walk and a hit.  Marmol is now 1 for 1 in save chances in 2010, and the Cubs are relieved to put that first win behind them.

The offense still lacked any consistency.  Tyler Colvin and Marlon Byrd provided solo home runs to account for the Cubs only runs.  Colvin continued his solid hitting after a torrid spring, and Byrd has hit home runs in 2 of his 1st 3 games with the Cubs — take that Milton Bradley!  Derrek Lee and Koyie Hill were the only other Cubs players to record hits.  Other than that, there wasn’t much to talk about.  I know the Cubs faced 3 great Braves starters, but you have to be better than that.  The Cubs should have some good chances this weekend against the Reds in the hitter-friendly .  They face Homer Bailey, Aaron Harang and rookie Mike Leake – if we don’t see a lot of runs on Friday and Sunday, I will officially start worrying about this offense again.

We’ll keep you posted all weekend long…

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