Randy Wells wasn’t terribly sharp (walked five in five innings) in his return to the rotation. However, he did manage to get himself out of trouble and keep the Cubs in the game by giving up only 2 runs.
The Cubs offense was the real culprit today as they left 12 men on base. Alfonso Soriano came up empty during two bases loaded opportunities.
Geovany Soto had another rough day, going 0-4 with two strike outs at the plate and making 2 throwing errors that led to two runs in the sixth inning, the difference in the game.
Tony Campana went 1-2 with a walk in his debut in the two-hole.
Campana’s speed ended up being a factor as he made Johny Cueto commit a balk then fumble a couple of other plays, one leading to Campana reaching via error.
Dale Sveum questioned the other, a bang-bang play where Camapana was called out on a questionable call.
Sveum made a questionable call himself by removing Bryan LaHair on a double-switch in the sixth inning. LaHair had already walked during a 10 pitch at bat and drove in a run with a single earlier.
Removing LaHair (your best RBI man) in a game where you leave 12 men on should be questioned.
There was also a scare when Starlin Castro was hit in the elbow, but he stayed in the game and tripled in his next at bat. This team is already hard to watch; it would be incredibly hard without Castro in the line-up.