5/16 Postgame notes
Kevin Gregg has a red mark from Hunter Pence’s single that struck the pitcher’s hand in the ninth on Saturday. No worries. “Hunter Pence is a wimp,” Gregg said. He was joking.
“When you take a four-run lead into the ninth — whether you score four or 14 — that should be more than enough to win a baseball game,” Lou Piniella said.
* Carlos Marmol has 11 holds this season, most in the Major Leagues.
* Ryan Theriot doubled in the first inning. Of his last 13 hits, nine have been for extra bases.
* Randy Wells has thrown 16 1/3 scoreless innings to start his Major League career, dating back to last year. All but one of those innings came with the Cubs, and it’s the longest scoreless streak to start a Cubs career since Jose Guzman threw 17 1/3 scoreless innings in 1993. Thanks, Elias Sports Bureau.
On Saturday, Wells held the Astros to four hits and walked three in six scoreless innings.
“Wells has pitched two outstanding games,” Piniella said. “He still doesn’t have a win. If he continues pitching like that, he’ll win quite a few games.”
* Alfonso Soriano has five game-winning RBI this year, and has hit safely in six of his last seven home games. He’s batting .323 in that stretch.
* The Cubs have won five in a row, their longest win streak since Sept. 10-16, 2008, when they also won five straight.
– Carrie Muskat