Results tagged ‘ Randy Wells ’

5/11 Minor League report

Randy Wells gave up one run on five hits over six innings in Iowa’s 10-1 win over Fresno on Thursday. Luis Valbuena had two hits, including his fourth home run. Josh Vitters had three hits, including two doubles, and two RBIs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up one unearned run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings in Tennessee’s 4-1 win over Birmingham. Brian Schlitter converted his first save, striking out two in 1 1/3 innings.

Frank Del Valle gave up five runs on five hits over five innings in Daytona’s 8-3 win over Charlotte. Sergio Burruel had two hits.

Gerardo Concepcion gave up two runs on two hits and five walks over four innings in Peoria’s 6-5 win over Beloit. Paul Hoilman extended his hitting streak to a franchise record 23 games, going 1-for-4. He also drive in a run. Rafael Lopez had two hits and one RBI.

– Carrie Muskat

5/6 Minor League report

Making his first start since rejoining Triple-A Iowa, Randy Wells gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks over five innings in a 7-3 loss to New Orleans on Saturday. The I-Cubs gave up three runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth. Anthony Rizzo extended his hitting streak to 12 games, going 1-for-3 with a double.

Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three runs on six hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 8-7 win over Montgomery. Jim Adduci had two hits and two stolen bases and Justin Bour had three RBIs.

Frank Del Valle gave up one run on six hits over six innings in Daytona’s 11-1 win over Jupiter. Nelson Perez had five hits, including his fifth homer, and two RBIs. Matt Szczur had three hits, including two doubles. Arismendy Alcantara had four hits, stole a base and scored a run.

Cuban pitcher Gerardo Concepcion gave up seven runs — two earned — on six hits over one inning in Peoria’s 20-5 loss to Quad Cities. Paul Hoilman extended his hitting streak to 18 games, hitting a triple.

Friday’s action:

Luis Valbuena had three hits to help Iowa beat New Orleans, 1-0, scoring the winning run on a walkoff wild pitch with one out in the ninth. Matt Cerda had two hits, including a home run, and Justin Bour hit his fourth homer in Tennessee’s 8-7 loss to Montgomery. Daytona lost 6-5 to Jupiter as Zach Cates gave up four earned runs on six hits over three innings. Greg Rohan had two hits, both doubles. Kyler Burke gave up three runs on five hits over 6 1/3 innings in Peoria’s 4-3 loss to Kane County.

– Carrie Muskat

5/3 Wells heads back to Iowa

Randy Wells wasn’t happy about being sent down to Triple-A Iowa but the Cubs aren’t going to carry 14 pitchers. Wells and Scott Maine were both optioned to Iowa to make room for Ryan Dempster and Kerry Wood, both activated off the disabled list. Maine’s departure leaves the Cubs with one lefty, James Russell, in the bullpen.

“[Maine] did a good job while he was here, a really good job, and it’s very nice to have those two lefties in the bullpen,” Dale Sveum said.

Wells, 29, went 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts for Chicago following his recall April 22. He walked nine and gave up nine hits over 8 2/3 innings.

“It is what it is,” Wells said. “I didn’t pitch well. There’s no one really to blame but yourself. You obviously want to pitch well and put yourself in a good position but the numbers don’t stack up.”

“He’s got a future here,” Sveum said of Wells, “but we can’t sit here and promise anything. Right now, that’s the role he’s in is the swing man, coming up when we need starts.”

The Phillies scored four runs off Wells in the fourth inning on Saturday. Wells, who will be inserted into Iowa’s rotation, was upset at the high number of walks in his two starts.

“The walks are the only thing that spoils this,” the right-hander said. “I thought I pitched pretty good against the Reds [on April 22]. Five walks [stinks]. The fourth inning in Philly, things unraveled. It’s no different than what I’ve been the last three years, it’s one bad inning. Chalk it up as a bad day and get back to work.”

* Wood will be eased into games, and used in less stressful situations such as the sixth and seventh innings, Sveum said.

– Carrie Muskat

4/22 Reds 4, Cubs 3

The Cubs’ season has been tough enough that they didn’t need to see Starlin Castro lying on the ground at home plate in pain after being hit by a pitch. Castro recovered — and hit a triple in the ninth and scored — but the Cubs came up short against the Reds, who took the series. Chicago stranded 12, while Johnny Cueto struck out seven, Joey Votto hit an RBI double, and the Reds took advantage of botched plays in the sixth inning to score the go-ahead runs.

Castro was Cueto’s last batter in the seventh when he was hit on the left elbow. The shortstop fell to the ground in pain.

“I felt like it broke my whole arm the first time he hit me,” Castro said. “But after I lay down [on the dirt] and ran the bases, the hurt was gone and I felt pretty good.”

Castro stayed in the game and wore a protective brace on his elbow in the ninth when he tripled off Sean Marshall.

“I think [Castro] was more shocked [after he was hit],” Dale Sveum said. “I don’t think it got him on the bone — it got him more on the flesh, thank God.”

Castro has been one of the few bright spots for the Cubs this season, reaching base safely in 55 of his last 56 games since last Aug. 15. He has a 10-game hitting streak and was batting .425 in that stretch.

“I’ll be ready for tomorrow,” Castro said. “If it’s up to me, I won’t [get hit again] ever.”

* Randy Wells did not get a decision in his substitute start in place of Ryan Dempster, on the disabled list with a strained right quad. A candidate for the Cubs’ rotation this spring, Wells opened the season at Triple-A Iowa, where he was 1-0 with a 9.42 ERA in three games. On Sunday, he gave up two runs on six hits and five walks over five innings.

“It’s always tough to watch your teammates on TV but we were down there [with Iowa] and it was what had to happen and you can’t sit there and dwell on it,” Wells said. “You have to do what you can do down there to help your team win. It’s good to be back up. The circumstances are rough. Hopefully, I can pitch better the next time out and we’ll see what happens.”

Dempster’s DL time was backdated to April 18 and he’s expected to miss two starts.

“He got some big outs when he had to,” Sveum said of Wells. “He made some pitches and did a good job for five innings and did a good job getting out of some jams.”

* The Cubs made two errors, both in the sixth. With the game tied at 2, Rodrigo Lopez (0-1) walked Ryan Hanigan and Cueto was safe on a throwing error by catcher Geovany Soto, who hit the pitcher in the back with his throw. Zack Cozart was safe on another error by Soto, whose throw pulled Blake DeWitt off first. Hanigan scored when Drew Stubbs hit into a fielder’s choice. Scott Maine took over for Lopez and hit Ryan Ludwick with a pitch to load the bases, then walked Jay Bruce to drive in a run.

“Walking the leadoff guy, it snowballed the whole inning as well as the bunts,” Sveum said. “They were giving us outs and we didn’t get outs on the bunts.”

Soto agreed.

“They were good bunts but that bunt play has got to be made, it’s got to be made,” Soto said.

What may have contributed to the problem was that Joe Mather was at first, not Bryan LaHair, in the sixth.

“We’re supposed to charge but I think [Mather] may not have read it properly where he thought Geo was going to be able to get there easily,” LaHair said of the plays. “Sometimes when you don’t play over there enough it’s hard to be perfect. He can handle the position. He’s going to be fine.”

* The Cubs and Reds combined for 14 errors in the three-game series, the most in a Cubs series since Chicago and San Diego committed 15 in a set, April 28-30, 1989.

* Castro has reached safely in 55 of his last 56 games starting Aug. 15. He also has a 10-game hitting streak, and was batting .425 in that stretch.

* Next up, the Cubs have a rematch with the Cardinals. Matt Garza faces Jamie Garcia on Monday night followed by a rematch between Jeff Samardzija and Adam Wainwright on Tuesday night. Chris Volstad faces Lance Lynn on Wednesday to close the homestand.

– Carrie Muskat  

4/22 Cubs lineup

Tony Campana was starting in center field on Sunday as the Cubs begin life after Marlon Byrd. Dale Sveum says he’ll rotate Campana, Reed Johnson and Joe Mather in center for now. Randy Wells starts in place of injured Ryan Dempster. Wells was 1-0 with a 9.42 ERA at Triple-A Iowa in three starts. Here’s the lineup:

RF DeJesus

CF Campana

SS Castro

1B LaHair

LF Soriano

3B Stewart

C Soto

2B DeWitt

P Wells

– Carrie Muskat

4/17 Minor League report – Sunday’s games

Tony Campana, Luis Valbuena and Blake Lalli each homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost 11-10 in 13 innings on Sunday to Round Rock. Randy Wells started and gave up eight runs on eight hits over 2 1/3 innings. Alfredo Amezaga had five hits, Valbuena hit a grand slam, and Adrian Cardenas had four hits. Campana got things started with a leadoff homer.

* Nick Struck gave up two runs on three hits over five innings in Tennessee’s 5-4 loss to Huntsville. Elliot Soto had two hits.

* Austin Kirk gave up one run on four hits over seven innings in Daytona’s 2-1, 12-inning loss to Dunedin. Rubi Silva had two hits.

* Oliver Zapata homered and Ryan Cuneo hit a RBI single in the 11th to lift Peoria to a 5-3 victory over Wisconsin.

– Carrie Muskat

4/11 Minor League report

Randy Wells gave up four runs on six hits and struck out five over six innings in Iowa’s 6-5 loss to Albuquerque. Adrian Cardenas had two hits, including a home run, and two RBIs. Josh Vitters had two hits and was batting .412. Casey Coleman starts on Wednesday.

Nick Struck gave up two runs on six hits over six innings in Tennessee’s 5-1 loss to Jackson. Jim Adduci got things started with a leadoff homer. Trey McNutt is slated to start Wednesday.

Matt Szczur and Ronald Torreyes each had two hits in Daytona’s 4-2 loss to Dunedin. Daytona committed four errors and gave up four runs in the eighth. Austin Kirk threw five shutout innings, giving up four hits and walking two.

Willengton Cruz gave up five runs, two earned, on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Peoria’s 7-1 loss to Quad Cities. Jeffrey Lorick struck out three over two innings.

– Carrie Muskat

4/7 Minor League report – Thursday & Friday

Randy Wells gave up two hits and walked three over six innings to help the Iowa Cubs win their season opener over Round Rock on Thursday. Tony Campana was 2-for-4 and Brett Jackson had two hits, two RBIs and a stolen base. Anthony Rizzo also had two hits and a stolen base. Scott Maine picked up the save.

On Friday, Casey Coleman gave up four runs on five hits over five innings in Iowa’s 4-3 loss to Round Rock. Rizzo had two hits for the second straight game.

Nick Struck struck out 10 and gave up one run on four hits over six innings as Tennessee beat Chattanooga, 4-1, on Thursday. Logan Watkins and Justin Bour each had three hits, and Bour homered, a solo shot in the eighth.

On Friday, Michael Burgess hit a solo homer in the sixth in Tennessee’s 1-0 victory over Chattanooga. Trey McNutt started but did not get a decision, giving up two hits over 3 2/3 innings. Jeff Antigua picked up the win in relief. The Smokies bullpen has thrown 8 1/3 scoreless innings in two games.

Rubi Silva had three hits in Daytona’s 11-4 loss to Brevard County on Thursday. Daytona pitchers walked seven.   On Friday, Eric Jokisch served up two runs on four hits over six innings in Daytona’s 6-2 win over Brevard County. He struck out five. Arismendy Alcantara had three hits, including a solo homer, and four RBIs. He hit a three-run homer in the eighth. Silva had three hits and one RBI. Tony Zych picked up the save.

Michael Jensen threw five scoreless innings in Peoria’s 5-2 win Thursday over Beloit. Kyler Burke, an outfielder converting to pitcher, picked up a hold with a shutout seventh and Jeffrey Lorick threw two scoreless innings for the save.

On Friday, Peoria lost, 6-1, to Beloit. P.J. Francescon gave up one run on two hits over 4 2/3 innings, striking out nine. Willengton Cruz took the loss in relief.

– Carrie Muskat

3/29 Wells: “It’s a shock”

Randy Wells was surprised to be told he was headed to Triple-A Iowa and not going to be on the big league roster.

“It was obviously a shock,” Wells said. “Things didn’t work out. I’ve got to go down and get stretched back out and try to get built up and make some starts and hopefully be ready when they need me.”

Did he feel he got enough of a chance?

“It’s not up to me,” Wells said. “I can’t force my way into the lineup. They obviously had a plan and they have a direction they want to go and I’ll go down and work hard and continue to get better and hopefully when they need me, I’ll come up and be ready.

“Usually when this happens, you’ve had a rough spring or haven’t been pitching well,” he said. “I feel I’ve thrown the ball well in a variety of different roles. I’m not going to sit here and lie and be the guy who says I’m not disappointed because I am. It is what it is. It’s a point in your career where you have to buckle down and you know what you have to do. It’s a wakeup call to see it’s not that easy to stay here. Hopefully next time I get called up, it’s the last time I have to deal with this.”

Wells knows the importance of having depth on the roster. He was hurt after his first start last year with the Cubs and the team had to scramble to find replacements.

“You never wish anything like that happens on an organization or a team, what happened last year, but the reality is things happen and you’ve got to be ready when they call your name,” he said. “In 2009, the same kind of thing, I went down to Triple-A, started off good and came up and never looked back. We’ll just see what happens.”

– Carrie Muskat

3/23 Cubs pitching probables

Looking ahead to Cubs pitching matchups, Travis Wood will start Saturday against the Padres in Mesa and be followed by Randy Wells. Chris Volstad will pitch in a game in the Minor League camp on Saturday as well. On Sunday, Rodrigo Lopez will start against the Indians in Goodyear and Ryan Dempster will start in a Minor League game at Fitch Park. The Cubs have their last split-squad games on Monday, and Paul Maholm will face the Padres in Mesa while Jay Jackson will start the road game against the Diamondbacks in Scottsdale.

– Carrie Muskat

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