5/28 Wells' bad day

Randy Wells had a lot of friends and family watching Friday’s game. He grew up in Belleville, IL, which is Cardinals country. Wells failed to retire a batter and was pulled after serving up six hits in the Cubs’ 7-1 loss to the Redbirds.

“There’s not a whole lot to say about today,” Wells said. “Like the baseball gods say, I was ambushed today.”

Wells called it “embarrassing.” This was the second time this season Wells has been tagged for five runs in the first. On May 6, the Pirates took a 5-0 lead in the opening frame but in that game, Wells lasted two innings. On Friday, he lasted 16 pitches.

“I feel a little different about this game than the Pittsburgh game,” Wells said. “In the Pittsburgh game, I walked the first two hitters of the game and it wasn’t even close. I didn’t have the mindset to try to limit the damage. Here, I felt like I didn’t beat myself today like I did in Pittsburgh. They came out swinging the bats and swung the bats hard and put the ball in play and good things happened for them.”

The Cubs used five different relievers after Wells and Lou Piniella said the right-hander could be in the bullpen on Sunday to help out.

“I could throw tomorrow,” Wells said. “I don’t feel like I got any work done, it happened so fast.”

— Carrie Muskat

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