Wells and Ramirez Lead Iowa Cubs to Victory
Aramis Ramirez crushed a towering home run over the left-centerfield fence onto 8th Street and Randy Wells threw six innings (85 pitches) of shutout ball, as the AAA Iowa Cubs defeated the Sacramento River Cats (Oakland A's AAA squad) 2-1 in ten innings at cool & breezy Fitch Park Field #3 this afternoon in Mesa.
Wells was masterful today, at one point retiring 13 batters in a row. He allowed just three hits (two singles and a double), and struck out seven while walking none.
Here is the abridged box score for the AAA game (Iowa versus Sacramento)
NOTE: Aramis Ramirez hit 2nd in each inning one through four, and then he hit 3rd in the 5th inning because Randy Wells got an AB in the #2 slot to try and bunt a runner to 2nd base (Wells bunted into a DP, and then Ramirez hit his HR).
IOWA CUBS LINEUP:
X. Aramis Ramirez, DH: 1-5 (Ks, 4-3, P-3, 6-3, HR, R, RBI)
X. Randy Wells 0-1 (2-6-3 GIDP)
1. Brandon Guyer, CF: 1-3 (1B, 6-3, F-8, HBP, SB)
2. Matt Camp, SS: 1-2 (Ks, 1B, BB, P-6, R, SB)
3. Smaily Borges, RF: 0-4 (5-3, 6-3, P-8, Ks)
4a. Ty Wright, LF: 0-2 (F-8, 6-3)
5. Bryan Lahair, 1B: 2-3 (1B, 2B, Kc)
6a. Welington Castillo, C: 0-2 (Ks, 6-3)
6b. Steve Clevenger, C: 1-1 (1B, RBI)
7a. Jake Opitz, 3B: 0-2 (F-9, 6-3)
7b. David Macias, 3B: 0-1 (F-9)
8a. Nate Samson, 2B: 0-1 (P-3)
8b. Tony Thomas, 2B: 0-2 (P-4, E-6, SB)
9a. Brad Snyder, DH-LF: 0-3 (6-3, Ks, F-7)
IOWA CUBS PITCHERS:
1. Randy Wells - 6.0 IP, 3 H,0 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 6/4 GO/FO, 85 pitches (57 strikes)
2. Casey Coleman - 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 2 K, 3/1 GO/FO, 42 pitches (21 strikes)
3. Scott Maine - 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K, 1/1 GO/FO, 14 pitches (11 strikes)
4. Marco Carrillo - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 0/1 GO, FO, 14 pitches (10 strikes)
1. Welington Castillo: 1-1 CS
2. Steve Clevenger: 0-1 CS
Meanwhile, Xavier Nady got the start in RF in the AA game (AA Tennessee Smokies versus the A's AA Midland RockHounds) on Field #2, going 1-3 (K, 6-4-3 DP, 2B, and HBP), and then leaving the game earlier than planned after being hit flush on the top of the left hand with a pitch.
I don't have the final score or the abridged box score for the Tennessee game, but the Smokies starting lineup today was Brett Jackson CF, Tony Campana LF, Starlin Castro SS, Russ Canzler 1B, D. J. Lemahieu 3B, Ryan Flaherty 2B, Jason James DH #1, Mario Mercedes C, and Luis Flores DH #2, with Oswaldo Martinez the starting pitcher, and Josh Lansford, Ryan Buchter, Todd Blackford, David Cales, Robert Hernandez (called up from Daytona for the game), and Chris Siegfried pitching in relief. Hernandez (in particular) was hit hard, and Castro made two errors at shortstop.
Nady got one AB in every inning before leaving the game after the 4th inning. He had no defensive chances in RF while he was in the game.
Because the minor league games were rained out yesterday, the Cubs also played a minor league intrasquad game on Field #1 to get the pitchers who were supposed to pitch yesterday their scheduled work.
Here is the updated Iowa Cubs (AAA) roster:
* Scott Maine
* J. R. Mathes
* Jeremy Papelbon
* Dustin Sasser
* Steve Clevenger
* Mark Johnson (Inactive – player/coach)
* Blake Lalli
* Matt Camp
* Bryan Lahair
# David Macias
* Jake Opitz
* Brad Snyder