Rapid Reaction: Cubs 5, Cardinals 0

July, 23, 2010
7/23/10
3:18
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The Chicago Cubs shut out the St. Louis Cardinals for the second time this season (also beat Cardinals 5-0 on May 29) as Randy Wells throws seven scoreless innings for the second straight start. Wells is the first Cubs starter to throw at least 7 scoreless innings in consecutive starts since Rich Hill in 2007. 2010 is the first year the Cubs have shut out the Cardinals twice at Wrigley Field since 1996. Alfonso Soriano hits his 18th HR of the season and 100th for the Cubs. The Cardinals have lost 2 straight following an 8-game winning streak.

Jeff Suppan (6 IP, 10 H, 5 ER) falls to 0-6, matching David Aardsma for most losses by a winless pitcher this season. Suppan has dropped 8 straight decisions dating back to last season.

How Randy Wells shut out the Cardinals:
- Cardinals missed with 31.5% of their swings, including more than half against changeups. Wells got four strikeouts with his change, matching a season high; all were swinging. Wells' 17 swinging strikes also matched a season high.
- Limited damage: Despite four of the five base hits coming to leadoff batters, St Louis went 0-for-12 with runners on base. Wells retired the next two batters after all of those leadoff hits; the Cards got only one runner into scoring position with fewer than two outs.

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