Game One Hundred Forty-Five – Cubs 7 Cardinals 2
WP – Randy Wells (7-13) LP – Adam Wainwright (18-11) Save – None
The Cubs beat Adam Wainwright for the first time in three years Tuesday night behind a tremendous game from Randy Wells. Wells stunned the Cardinals and put together arguably the best outing of his young career. Wells was in full control all night and looked extremely comfortable on the mound. Wells grew up a Cardinals’ fan and picked up the win in his first career start at Busch Stadium.
Randy Wells came out dealing and got out of the first inning on just five pitches. Wells appeared to get stronger as the game wore on and was focused all night … that was the difference. To go along with the five strikeouts, Wells kept the ball down and recorded 10 groundball outs.
Wells not only shutdown the Cardinals’ offense but he collected a pair of RBI singles in four trips to the plate. Wells allowed only one run on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks in eight innings. Wells threw only 101 pitches and should have been given a chance to close it out.
Randy Wells posted his seventh win of the year … just his second in last ten starts.
The Cubs offense put up five runs on 12 hits against Adam Wainwright … the most hits Wainwright has allowed in a single start this season. The Cubs scored seven runs on 15 hits Tuesday night. When the pitching match-up was announced, the totals at the end of the game figured to be reversed.
The bottom of the Cubs lineup had a huge night and built the five-run lead. Tyler Colvin (2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored), Darwin Barney (3-for-4 with a RBI, a double and a run scored) and Randy Wells (2-for-4 with two RBI) were a combined 7-for-12 with a walk, three runs scored and three RBI.
Xavier Nady also collected three hits (3-for-5), drove in three and scored a run. Marlon Byrd doubled twice and scored a pair of runs in five trips to the plate.
The Cubs continued to hit with runners in scoring position with two outs. The first three runs scored on two out hits by Darwin Barney, Randy Wells and Xavier Nady. Q’s crew finished the game 6-for-14 with RISP and left nine on base.
The Cubs won for the fourth time on their current road trip (4-1) and improved to 13-7 under Mike Quade … and to 17 under .500 for the year with a 64-81 record. The Cubs pretty much ended the Cardinals season Tuesday night. The Cardinals were in must win mode but without Albert Pujols, Tony LaRussa’s lineup has little to be feared.
Xavier Nady recorded the Cubs first hit of the game with one out in the second. Nady’s grounder up the middle hit off Wainwright and ended up in Feliz’s glove at third. Nady beat it out and advanced to second on a two-out walk by Tyler Colvin.
Darwin Barney singled to center on a 0-1 pitch. Nady scored, 1-0 Cubs on Barney’s second career RBI. Randy Wells stepped in and shocked Wainwright with a RBI single to center. Colvin scored, 2-0 Cubs … Both runs on two out hits.
Randy Wells worked around a two-out double by Yadier Molina … and an error by Marlon Byrd in the bottom of the second.
The Cubs made it 3-0 in the third after Marlon Byrd doubled with one out. Aramis Ramirez (1-for-4 with a walk) popped out to shallow left. Xavier Nady delivered his second hit of the game into left … Byrd scored. Geovany Soto grounded out to third to end the inning.
The Cubs continued tacking on in the fourth. Colvin reached on a leadoff single to left … the Cubs’ sixth hit of the game off Adam Wainwright. Darwin Barney followed with a double to left.
With runners on second and third with no outs, Randy Wells blooped Wainwright’s first pitch into left. Colvin scored, 4-0 Cubs and Barney took third on the play.
Kosuke Fukudome (1-for-5 with a run scored) struck out for the third time. Blake DeWitt put together a solid at bat that resulted in a single to right. Barney scored easily … 5-0 Cubs.
The Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Colby Rasmus led off with a single to center and scored on a double to left center by Matt Holliday … 5-1 Cubs. Jon Jay flied out to deep left, Molina grounded out to third and Feliz lined out to third to end the inning.
Randy Wells retired 10 in a row following the Holliday double in the fourth.
The Cubs tacked on a pair in the ninth against Fernando Salas. Kosuke Fukudome singled to center and advanced to third on Marlon Byrd’s second double of the game. With runners on second and third with one out, LaRussa decided to intentionally walk Aramis Ramirez.
Xavier Nady delivered his third hit of the game, a bloop single to right center that plated Fukudome and Byrd … 7-1 Cubs. Geovany Soto flied out to deep right center and Colvin flied out to left.
The Cardinals made it 7-2 in the ninth. Colby Rasmus hit a long homer off James Russell.
Mike Quade should have left Randy Wells into finish the game. He put together arguably the best outing of his career and threw only 106 pitches in eight innings.
It is always a good day when the Cubs beat the Cardinals.
Carlos Zambrano and Chris Carpenter in game three Wednesday night.