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Wells dominates, Cubs shutout Giants: Fan reaction
For a team struggling as much offensively as the Chicago Cubs are, you wouldn't expect a night when they were set to face two time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum(notes) to end positively. But thanks to Cubs pitcher Randy Wells(notes) and four home runs, the Cubs shutout the San Francisco Giants 7-0 in front of their home crowd in San Francisco.
For Randy Wells (6-4), it's been an up and down season at best. Recently, much has been made of a supposed "pep talk" given to Wells by teammate Ryan Dempster(notes). About the pep talk Wells made this comment: "it was about being a good pitcher, It was kind of 'Quit making excuses and feeling sorry for yourself because your arm has been bothering you and pitch like you know you can pitch.'" Whether it's thanks to Dempster or not, Wells had everything working. He pitched a complete game, two-hit shutout. Not bad Randy, not bad at all.
On the offensive side, the Cubs were strong as well. The game was a pitcher's duel until the seventh inning. With the Cubs leading 1-0, Geovany Soto(notes) hit a solo home run making it 2-0. A few batters later, with two men on base, Blake DeWitt(notes) broke it open by hitting a three-run home run giving the Cubs a 5-0 lead and ending Tim Lincecum's night. Lincecum is now 12-11 on the season. I don't think he'll be looking at another Cy Young award this year.
These starts for Randy Wells are extremely important. Given his lackluster results since his first season where he went 12-10, Wells is somewhat in danger of the Cubs deciding to move on without him. If he pitches like he did against the Giants, I doubt the Cubs will let him go; especially given the Cubs dire need for starting pitching. To this point, Wells has been inconsistent. His starts throughout September, I think, will determine whether or not we see him in the Cubs future plans.
With the win, the Cubs are now 2-7 in their last nine games, quite the contrast to beginning August 13-5. That's not surprising, though, you don't get to 19 games under .500 by playing good baseball all the time.
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and following Chicago sports throughout. Follow him on Twitter here.
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