2:20 PM ET, April 4, 2011
Wrigley Field, Chicago, Illinois
Randy Wells overcomes shaky start, Kerry Wood escapes jam to help Cubs best D-backs
CHICAGO -- Randy Wells was the Chicago Cubs' most effective starter this spring, a performance that earned him a spot in the rotation. On Monday, in his first start of the new season, he kept it going.Pitching in the damp and chill of Wrigley Field instead of the warmth of Arizona, Wells was solid. He overcame a shaky start after giving up a leadoff homer to Willie Bloomquist and pitched six innings for the win as the Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1."A little sloppy," said Wells, who had four walks and six strikeouts while giving up six hits.
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Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell held the same job the previous four years with the Cubs. Trammell, once a star shortstop for the Tigers, worked with Castro last season. And before Monday's game, Castro thanked Trammell for all his help. "That means a lot," Trammell said. "It's something that even though I'm not there anymore, he'll be somebody I'll be following for the rest of his career. That's how much he means to me." ... Barry Enright will start for Arizona on Tuesday but manager Kirk Gibson still hadn't settled on his pitcher for Wednesday's series finale. ... Attendance was 26,292. ... Byrd caught a fly ball for the final out but it wasn't routine because there were about 50 gulls flocking in the outfield.
Regular Season Series
|1st||W Bloomquist homered to left (379 feet).||1||0|
|3rd||A Soriano homered to left (385 feet).||1||1|
|4th||C Pena hit sacrifice fly to right, M Byrd scored.||1||2|
|8th||G Soto doubled to deep left, A Ramirez scored.||1||3|
|8th||A Soriano singled to right, G Soto scored.||1||4|
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|Stadium||Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL|
|Attendance||26,292 (64.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||47 degrees, cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mark Carlson|
How Cubs starter Randy Wells beat the Diamondbacks: - Relied on his changeup: Wells threw 26 changeups out of 99 pitches (26.3 percent), well above his 17.1 percent average in 2010. The Diamondbacks went just 1-for-7 (.143) against the pitch, missing on 41.2 percent of their swings and swinging on 11 of 20 out of the zone, resulting in three strikeouts. - Kept the ball down: Wells threw 67.7 percent of his pitches down in the zone, and Diamondbacks hitters went just 2-for-12 (.167), including all six of their strikeouts. Of the six strikeouts, five were on pitches out of the strike zone, all of which were swinging.
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