Wells falters as Cubs' win streak ends

August, 7, 2011
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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The Chicago Cubs' 8-7 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday can be blamed particularly on Randy Wells' inability to keep his pitches in the ballpark and partly on the Paul McCartney concerts of last weekend.

Wells surrendered three home runs as he took a no decision, exiting after the seventh, when the team came back to take a temporary lead.

“Anytime you play the Reds it’s going to be a battle,” said Wells. “They don’t like us and we don’t like them. It’s tough to come out on the losing end. It sucks. But I think we did some good things.”

The game turned in the eighth inning when centerfielder Marlon Byrd lost his footing on what would normally be a routine flyout to short centerfield. The turf in center had been impacted by seating for the McCartney concert last Sunday and Monday nights.

“It hurts. The inning completely changes if I don’t slip,” Byrd said.

After Joey Votto's quirky double, Todd Frazier doubled him home with the tying run. Frazier eventually scored the winning run on catcher Ryan Hanigan's single through the right side of the infield. Set-up man Sean Marshall took the loss for the Cubs.

Byrd wasn’t satisfied that the outfield was in decent playing condition.

“I don’t think it’s OK,” Byrd said. “But you had the concert and then you had the rain the last couple of days. That didn’t help. So what can you do about it? You can cover the infield, but it’s really hard to get the outfield ready when you have the rain and the concert too.”

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Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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