Spring Training Game Twenty-Five – Cubs 3 Giants (ss) 2 – 10 innings
WP – Marcos Mateo (1-0) LP – Josh Banks (0-1) Save – None
Q’s crew finally posted a win, the 10th of the spring, in front of a record crowd at HoHoKam Park. 13,465 packed into the Cubs spring home and were treated to free baseball. The game went into extra innings with the Cubs coming out on top after Welington Castillo singled home Bobby Scales with the game winning run.
Randy Wells was considered a lock before Sunday’s performance to begin the season as the fourth starter in Q’s rotation … and Wells actually improved his stock with his six innings against the Giants.
After a shaky start, Wells dominated a Giants split squad offense. The only run Wells allowed came in the first on a RBI single by Mike Fontenot. Emmanuel Burriss singled, stole second and scored on Fontenot’s single to center. Wells did not allow another hit, or baserunner.
Randy Wells retired the last 18 batters he faced while striking out seven. Wells finished getting his work in down in the pen after he efficient outing on the mound. Wells left after six complete with the Cubs up 2-1.
Sean Marshall allowed the Giants to tie the game in the eighth. Marshall gave up back-to-back hits to Travis Ishikawa and Eli Whiteside to start the inning. With pitch-hitter Brad Eldred at the plate, Marshall uncorked a wild pitch that allowed Ishikawa to scamper home with the tying run.
Carlos Marmol pitched a perfect ninth and Marcos Mateo worked around an error by Starlin Castro in the 10th to keep the game knotted at two.
The Cubs offense managed only seven hits and once again Scott Moore (1-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored and a RBI) was in the middle of the scoring. Moore doubled in Marlon Byrd (2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored) with two outs in the fourth and scored the go ahead run on a two-out single to center by Bobby Scales (2-for-4 with a run scored and a RBI).
The Cubs defense committed yet another error Sunday afternoon. But a good play by Welington Castillo on a bunt attempt in the 10th kept the Giants from putting the go ahead run ninety feet away with less than two outs.
Q’s crew needed a win and they picked one up on the next to the last Sunday of the exhibition season … The Cubs put it on Randy Wells and Carlos Silva to come to camp this spring and earn a job. Wells has stepped up and gotten the job done, while the Cubs are hoping someone will take Silva off their hands.
While it might have been a Giants split squad team, Wells faced a lineup full of Major Leaguers that figure to be on San Francisco’s Opening Day roster … and in some cases in their Opening Day lineup.
After Mike Fontenot gave the Giants a 1-0 lead, Wells shut down the likes of Pablo Sandoval, Aaron Rowand, Pat Burrell, Travis Ishikawa and Nate Schierholtz.
Randy Wells faced two over the minimum, can’t ask for much better out of a Spring Training start.
The Cubs first two runs came in the fourth. Marlon Byrd reached on a one-out single. After Alfonso Soriano popped out to first, Scott Moore doubled to right. Byrd scored … game tied at one.
Bobby Scales singled to center and plated Moore with the go ahead run. The 2-1 advantage looked like it was going to hold up … until the eighth.
Travis Ishikawa singled to right to start the inning. Eli Whiteside doubled to left. With runners on second and third with no outs, Brad Eldred pinch-hit for Steve Edlefsen. Marshall uncorked a wild pitch, high and outside, that crossed up Welington Castillo. Ishikawa scored and the game was tied at two.
Marshall retired Brock Bond and Mike Fontenot to end the inning.
Max Ramirez made his first appearance of the spring at first base Sunday.
Only nine Spring Training games remain for Q’s crew …
Andrew Cashner will face Jered Weaver and the Angels in Tempe Monday afternoon.