Randy Wells officially earned a spot in the starting rotation with another solid start in the Cubs 6-3 win over the Mariners. Wells pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing just 3 ER on 5 hits and 3 walks. He also struck out 8. His spring ERA now sits at 2.10 and even though he didn’t earn the win, he continues to put the Cubs in great positions to win in each and every one of his starts. That’s really all you can expect for the #4 man in your rotation. If Wells continues these types of performances during the 2011 regular season, the Cubs could end up surprising a lot of teams this season.
Jeff Samardzija got wells out of trouble in the 6th inning and will be a fixture in the Cubs bullpen this season.
Sean Marshall also worked a scoreless inning to preserve the Cubs win.
And John Grabow got back into action with a scoreless inning. Grabow should be ready by the time camp breaks on Thursday.
The Cubs rallied from a 3-2 deficit with a 4-run 7th inning with some great at-bats. Tyler Colvin led off the inning with a walk. Josh Vitters doubled him over to 3rd and Blake DeWitt had an infield single to load the bases with 1 out. Starlin Castro came through with a clutch bases-clearing double that gave the Cubs a 5-3 lead. Timely hitting like that will go a long for the Cubs in 2011.
The Cubs have now won 3 in a row and seem to be getting back on track just in the nick of time for real action to start this coming week.