Monday, August 29, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Cubs 7, Giants 0
By Bruce Levine
A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 7-0 win over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night at AT&T Park.
How it happened: Resurgent right-hander Randy Wells continued to improve late in the season, showing an outstanding change up to go along with his sinking fastball during his last four starts. Wells threw his first career complete game and shutout, allowing just two hits against the Giants after giving up two hits in six innings in his previous start against Atlanta. It was the second complete game this season for the Cubs, the first was July 2 when Matt Garza lost to the White Sox, 1-0 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs brought out the long ball in one of the toughest home run parks in baseball. Alfonso Soriano broke a scoreless tie leading off the fifth inning, hitting his 23rd home run off of Giants starter Tim Lincecum. The Cubs knocked out “The Freak” in the seventh inning on home runs by Geovany Soto and Blake DeWitt. Lincecum had never given up three homers in a game before. Carlos Pena hit a homer off Giants reliever Steve Edlefsen.
What it means: The Cubs broke a four-game losing streak. The World Champion Giants have lost the first game of their last 12 straight series.
Outside the box: Andrew Cashner completed his third and final rehab appearance at Double-A Tennessee on Monday night. Cashner ended his Tennessee stay in style, striking out three hitters in the first inning of the Smokies’ 7-2 win over Jacksonville. The Cub pitcher will begin his final rehab stint at Triple-A Iowa on Thursday. In his three Double-A games, Cashner threw 2 2/3 innings and allowed three hits and two earned runs. He struck out six. Cashner is expected to join the major league team sometime next week.
What’s next:The Cubs’ Matt Garza (6-10, 3.68) will face the Giants’ Ryan Vogelsong (10-4, 2.54) on Tuesday at 9:15 p.m.