Game One Hundred Forty – Cubs 0 Astros 4
WP – Brett Myers (11-7) LP – Randy Wells (6-13) Save – None
The Chicago Cubs finished the nine-game homestand (5-4) with a shutout at the hands of Brett Myers … and four other Astros’ pitchers. The Cubs were kept off the board for the 10th time this season and showed little life against the Astros.
Mike Quade’s offense managed just five hits and seven total base runners while Houston put up single runs in four of the six innings Randy Wells was on the mound.
Randy Wells continues to struggle and lost for the 13th time this season. Wells gave up four runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in six innings of work. Wells should be pitching for a spot in the rotation next season but he appears to lose focus more frequently than he records outs. The seventh and eighth hitters in Brad Mills’ lineup (Tommy Manzella and Humberto Quintero) combined on a 4-for-8 night with two doubles, a RBI and two runs scored.
Marcos Mateo, Sean Marshall and Justin Berg retired the last nine Astros in order to close out what Wells started.
The Cubs “offense” was horrible again as they refuse to change their approach against Brett Myers. Myers had a perfect game going through 5 2/3 but a walk by Geovany Soto and a single by Alfonso Soriano broke up Myers’ bid for perfection.
Myers beat the Cubs for the third time this season after allowing just three hits in seven shutout innings … the Astros are 4-0 in Myers’ four starts versus the Cubs this year
The Cubs had a couple of chances late and finished the game 1-for-6 with RISP and left seven on base.
With the latest shutout, the Astros clinched the season series versus the Cubs (10-5) and the Cubs fell to 9-6 under Mike Quade. Back to 20 under .500 for the season as the overpaid, poorly constructed Chicago Cubs lost their 80th game of the year (60-80) … Starlin Castro’s defense was one of the few highlights for the Cubs’ Wednesday night … despite his fielding error in the first inning. Castro has committed 23 errors this season but is one of the only reasons to keep watching this horrible baseball team.
Bobby Scales and Sam Fuld made their first appearance since being recalled on Tuesday. Scales played third but did not get an at bat. Fuld hit for Wells and struck out in the sixth.
The Astros jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second. Tommy Manzella doubled to left and scored on a single to left center by Humberto Quintero. Myers sacrificed him to second but Michael Bourn grounded out to third to end the inning.
Hunter Pence made it 2-0 in the third. Pence ripped Wells’ first pitch into the bleachers in left. Chris Johnson blooped a double into right center but Brett Wallace flied out to right to end the inning.
Wells retired the Astros in order in the fourth … but Houston tacked on in the fifth.
Jeff Keppinger blooped a single into right. Hunter Pence walked but Carlos Lee lined out to a diving Starlin Castro. Chris Johnson singled to right on a 3-1 pitch to plate Keppinger with the Astros’ third run. Wells pitched from behind in the count throughout the fifth and sixth innings.
The Astros put it away in the sixth. Tommy Manzella and Humberto Quintero reached on a bloop single and a double … 10 base runners in five-plus innings against Randy Wells.
Brett Myers struck out and Wells intentionally walked Michael Bourn to load the base. Jeff Keppinger drove in the Astros’ fourth run with a ground out up the middle to Castro. Manzella scored on the play … and Castro threw out Hunter Pence to end the inning on another ball ticketed for center.
The Cubs managed a pair of hits in the seventh … but came away empty.
Following a fly out by Nady, Tyler Colvin doubled to right. Geovany Soto singled to left. Ivan DeJesus held Colvin … and it cost the Cubs a run. With runners on first and third with one out, Soriano popped out to second and Micah Hoffpauir hit for Barney and struck out swinging.
The Cubs put two on in the eighth after back-to-back one-out singles by DeWitt and Castro. But Marlon Byrd grounded into a 5-4 fielder’s choice and Xavier Nady struck out looking to end the inning.
Look, what can you say … It’s a Way of Life.
The Cubs have Thursday off and will open a three-game series at Miller Park Friday night. Carlos Zambrano versus Dave Bush in the opener.