Randy Wells pitched 6 strong innings of 1-run ball as the Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in 10 innings. With less than 2 weeks left before the start of the 2011 MLB schedule, it looks like Randy Wells has made the strongest case out of any of the potential starters for that coveted 4th spot in the starting rotation. Wells allowed the 1st two batters to reach base, including an RBI single by former Cub Mike Fontenot to plate the 1st run of the game. Then he proceeded to retire the next 18 batters that he faced. Wells did not issue a walk, he struck out 7 and he continued to work at a fast pace keeping his pitches down. When Wells has his sinker going and when he gets into a groove, he can be a very difficult pitcher to face. And while Manager Mike Quade did not officially name Wells a starter, he made it clear that he has been very pleased with Wells’ effort this spring.
Marlon Byrd had 2 hits in the Cubs win, as did Bobby Scales. Wellington Castillo won the game for the Cubs with a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning.