How awesome is Randy Wells?
You all heard about "the jog" he had with Ted Lilly after Randy had the rotten start vs. the Pirates a little bit back? They went on a run and had a little chat about forgetting when bad stuff happens.
So last night, when Wells gave up the Vlad Guererro and Nelson Cruz homers, and then walks Justin Smoak, and you're thinking it's all going to hell.
But Wells has a different perspective, and strikes out the next guy.
Then he retires 14 of the next 15 guys (the ump missed the call on the one hit), gets Vlad on his first pitch of the 9th, and you could see him barking on the way to the bench when Lou pulled him right after.
Anyway, Wells' story will continue to amaze. From minor league catcher to absolute stud starter.
We get to go along for the ride - he's an open book when he talks. His quote in Wittenmyer's column totally cracked me up: "It's kinda cool. I'm starting to figure this thing out, starting to pitch deeper into ballgames and giving myself a chance to win."
Well, he didn't get the win (it went to Sean Marshall who was brilliant).
Tied going into the 10th, Tyler Colvin, Kosuke Fukudome, and Mike Fontenot get a double and 2 singles off that freaky sidearm guy from Texas. Cubs up 4-3 since Fontenot knocked in Colvin. Then Texas intentionally walks Starlin Castro to set up the double play. D Lee hits a grounder to the confused Texas 3rd baseman who throws to 2nd instead of home. Cubs up 5-3.
Not all she wrote, of course.
Carlos Marmol gave up a run, but I don't care. If the Cubs ever get into a rhythm and Marmol gets on a kind of regular closer schedule, he'll be juuuust fine. It's kinda messy in that bullpen, to put it mildly.
But anyway, awesome game.
In a couple hours it'll be Sports Afternoon Heaven with the Cubs at 1 and the Blackhawks at 2.