Randy Wells and Jonathan Sanchez engaged in another great pitcher’s duel Wednesday night @ Wrigley Field. This time the Cubs won 2-0.
Randy Wells worked 7 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering 6 hits and 1 walk in the outing. He struck out 6 batters and won his 8th game of the season. Carlos Marmol bailed out Wells in the 8th. After Wells recorded the 1st 2 outs of the inning, Wells gave up a walk and a double with 2 outs. Manager Mike Quade called upon Marmol to get the job done over 2 innings. Marmol struck out F Sanchez to end the threat in the 8th inning and preserve the 2-0 lead. In the 9th, despite a 2-out walk to Pat Burrell which brought Jose Guillen to the plate as the tying run, Marmol managed to strike out Guillen to end the game. Marmol faced 5 Giants hitters in his outing and never let the ball be put into play – 4 K’s and 1 walk. Marmol picked up his 34th save and
The Cubs offense managed just 5 hits, but they did just enough to earn the win. Kosuke Fukudome’s solo home run gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning. Koyie Hill doubled in the 5th inning and went to 3rd base on a wild pitch. When Buster Posey’s errant throw eluded the 3rd baseman, Hill raced home with the 2nd run of the game. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.
Now the Cubs have a chance to win the series against the Giants. Ryan Dempster is looking for his 15th win, but he will have to 21-year old stud Madison Bumgarner who is making just his 17th start of the season.