Randy Wells gave me everything I could have hoped for last night and more. Seven innings – 1 ER on 3 hits and 3 walks, with 6 K’s. His only mistake was giving up a 1st inning run when his wildness hurt him in a big way. After a lead off single to Jerry Hairston, Jr., Wells walked Miguel Tejada and then hit Ryan Ludwick to load the bases with just one out. He limited the damage by getting Chase Headley to ground out which scored a run, but that would be all the Padres would get off Wells all night long. Little did we know that that would be enough to give the Padres the win.
The Cubs actually out-hit the Padres 6-3, but because they didn’t score one lousy run, Wells suffered his 11th loss of the season. It was good to see Wells bounce back after several bad outings of late. This will be a learning process for Wells and a good experience for him. Just because you have a good year one season (in 2009, Wells went 12-10 with a 3.05 ERA in 27 starts and was considered one of the Cubs most consistent and reliable pitchers all season long), doesn’t mean that success will automatically translate over into subsequent years. You have to work just as hard and put in the off-season training as if you’re fighting to make the 25-man roster coming out of spring training. Wells clearly didn’t do that this past off-season and it came back to haunt him with his sub-par effort in 2010. Sure he was the victim of a few good starts where the team didn’t give him the appropriate run support, but there were certainly enough other outings where he never gave his teammates a chance to win. Hopefully Wells will take it all in and make a better effort this coming off-season.
As for the Cubs offense, or lack thereof, Starlin Castro was the only Cubs player with more than 1 hit. The Cubs had a few chances early – 1st and 2nd nobody out in the 2nd inning; 2 singles and a walk in the 3rd – but never did anything with them. After that, Jon Garland really shut them down as did Mike Adams and Heath Bell in the 8th and 9th innings.
Ouch – this just in – Cubs lose again – 5-1 to Padres this afternoon. That makes 3 losses, scoring a total of 1 run in the past 18 innings. This offense really goes into a funk sometimes. Doesn’t help when all 6 pitchers used in the game by the Cubs are rookies. More on the game tomorrow…