Randy Wells pitched his first career complete-game shutout, Monday night beating the San Francisco Giants, 7-0.
A pitching matchup between the 12-10 record, past Cy Young Award winner, Tim Lincecum, and the 5-4 record, 29–year old Cubs, fourth-year righty, Randy Wells, ended with a surprising, unsuspecting result.
Wells allowed just two hits while striking out seven, walking one, in winning his third consecutive start on the road.
Wells, the recipient of a post-game shaving cream pie, was elated.
“The last time I got shaving cream in the face was (my) first win, so it was pretty fun,” Wells said. It was very special for me to beat a Cy Young Award guy.”
The usually reliable, losing-streak stopper, Lincecum fell victim to three Cubs’ home runs and admittedly made some bad pitches, “My purpose is to go out there and pitch and give my team a chance to win, that’s my job and I didn’t do that tonight. I made three poorly executed pitches when it counted and they hit them out of the park.”
Manager Bruce Bochy, somewhat demoralized is doing the best to put a positive spin on the situation, “We have to stay positive. That’s the only way I know, keep coming out here working. We’ve tried different things: lineups, yelling, meetings, but it’s a tough rut. There’s no getting around it.”
Lincecum remarked they, the Giants, were in the same position last year. The only difference this year is they are going in a different direction, “At this time last year, we were in a similar spot, but we were gaining ground, not going backwards,”
With the loss, the Giants fell 5 games behind the Diamondbacks and are desperately looking to get out of the month of August to turn things around.
Last year, they were three games out and had an 18-8 September to win the Division.
However, this year’s Giants are a very different team.
World Series MVP Edgar Renteria is gone, they’re without the services of Freddy Sanchez and Buster Posey, a slumping Aubrey Huff, Cody Ross not seeing the playing time with the acquisition of Carlos Beltran, and a beleaguered bullpen, the Giants have a monumental task ahead of them.
With 27 games left the Giants can get it done.
Baseball is a quirky game of peaks and valleys, slumps and streaks, and improbable and calculated events.
Every game is now labeled a must-win. There’s no way around it if the Giants want to see the post-season in 2011.
My suggestion, on their off-day Thursday, take a boat ride on the Bay so Bochy can show them that the boat’s not sinking, metaphorically, and relieve some of the palpable tension.
Get back to business on Friday, September 2nd, make a run at the playoffs, and if nothing turns around, at least they had a nice scenic ride, for a year and a day.