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Wells, Wood help Cubs hold off Diamondbacks

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- On Saturday they played in summer-like conditions in Denver, on Sunday they were snowed out at Coors Field and then the Arizona Diamondbacks came to Chicago to start a three-game series on a chilly, 47-degree day.

After such an array of weather, turns out their bats were a little on the cold side as well -- especially after the first inning.

Willie Bloomquist hit a leadoff homer for Arizona's only run and the Diamondbacks stranded 11 runners Monday in a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

"We're getting the guys on. We'll start to come up with timely hits as we get going," Bloomquist said. "The main thing is we're putting good at-bats on guys. It's just a matter of putting good at-bats in the right situation. I'm confident we'll start doing that."

Arizona had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth inning before Cubs reliever Kerry Wood escaped by throwing a third strike past Ryan Roberts and retiring Gerardo Parra on a fly ball. Chicago then added two runs in the bottom of the inning.

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"It hurts when you leave so many guys on. It could cost you a game and that's what happened," said Miguel Montero, who was intentionally walked by Wood to load the bases after Justin Upton reached on an error and Russell Branyan singled.

"Pretty obvious. We didn't execute as good as we needed to there," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said.

The Diamondbacks finished with eight hits and had two stolen bases, while another runner was thrown out.

"We were aggressive today like I wanted to be. We want to continue to push the envelope," Gibson said.

Arizona lefty Joe Saunders, who was supposed to pitch Sunday in Colorado before the game was postponed by a mix of rain and snow, allowed five hits and two runs in six innings, yielding a tying solo homer to Alfonso Soriano.

Saunders' inability to make a fielding play in the fourth helped the Cubs score the go-ahead run on Carlos Pena's sacrifice fly.

Upton caught Pena's liner to right and made a strong throw to the plate that wasn't in time to get Marlon Byrd as the Cubs went up 2-1.

Byrd had reached on an infield single up the first base line when Saunders picked up the ball and flipped it awkwardly away from the bag. Aramis Ramirez singled and Geovany Soto worked a walk to load the bases.

"That little flip," Saunders said. "I make the play 99 out of 100 times. Today I didn't make it. I'm mad at myself for that."


  • Diamondbacks bench coach Alan Trammell held the same job the previous four years with the Cubs. Trammell, once a star shortstop for the Tigers, worked with Chicago SS Starlin Castro last season. And before Monday's game, Castro thanked Trammell for all his help. "That means a lot," Trammell said. "It's something that even though I'm not there anymore, he'll be somebody I'll be following for the rest of his career. That's how much he means to me."
  • Barry Enright will start for Arizona on Tuesday but Gibson still hadn't settled on his pitcher for Wednesday's series finale.
  • It was Bloomquist's first career leadoff homer.
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Carlos Pena watches as Geovany Soto smacks an RBI double during the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks.  (Getty Images)
Carlos Pena watches as Geovany Soto smacks an RBI double during the eighth inning against the Diamondbacks. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

W. Bloomquist
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1

G. Soto
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Arizona Diamondbacks
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Kelly Johnson, 2B5010014 .214
Justin Upton, RF4000102 .214
Russell Branyan, 1B3020111 .500
Chris Young, CF4010012 .231
Miguel Montero, C3020101 .500
Ryan Roberts, 3B3000116 .286
Gerardo Parra, LF4000024 .182
Joe Saunders, P2000011 .000
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   b- Juan Miranda, PH1010000 .400
    Kam Mickolio, P0000000 .000
    Joe Paterson, P0000000 .000
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   c- Stephen Drew, PH0000100 .000
a-announced for Saunders in the 7th
b-singled for Nady in the 7th
c-walked for Hernandez in the 9th
HR - Willie Bloomquist (1, R. Wells)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist (1)
SB - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base off R. Wells/Soto), Ryan Roberts (1, 2nd base off R. Wells/Soto)
CS - Justin Upton (1, 2nd base by R. Wells/Soto)
Team LOB - 11
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Kam Mickolio 1.1222010 7.71
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David Hernandez 0.1100000 0.00
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WP - Joe Saunders (1)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 4-11, Kam Mickolio 2-1, Joe Paterson 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 26, Kam Mickolio 6, Joe Paterson 1, David Hernandez 2
Chicago Cubs
Jeff Baker, 2B-1B4010000 .286
Starlin Castro, SS3000110 .500
Marlon Byrd, CF4110002 .167
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4120000 .400
Geovany Soto, C3121100 .267
Carlos Pena, 1B2001011 .200
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Alfonso Soriano, LF3122102 .267
    Carlos Marmol, P0000000 .000
Kosuke Fukudome, RF3000002 .250
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
    Kerry Wood, P0000000 .000
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Randy Wells, P2000010 .000
    Sean Marshall, P0000000 .000
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Colvin, RF1000010 .125
a-grounded out for Pena in the 8th
b-lined out for Wood in the 8th
2B - Aramis Ramirez (1, Mickolio), Geovany Soto 2 (2, Saunders, Mickolio)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (2, Saunders)
SF - Carlos Pena (1)
RBI - Geovany Soto (1), Carlos Pena (4), Alfonso Soriano 2 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Alfonso Soriano (2)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Baker-Castro-Pena
E - Starlin Castro (1, Throwing)
Chicago Cubs
Randy Wells (W,1-0) 6611461 1.50
Sean Marshall (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Marcos Mateo (H,1) 0.1100000 0.00
John Grabow (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Kerry Wood (H,2) 1100110 0.00
Carlos Marmol (S,2) 1000110 6.00
IBB - Montero by Kerry Wood
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wells 99-58, Sean Marshall 6-3, Marcos Mateo 6-4, John Grabow 2-1, Kerry Wood 26-15, Carlos Marmol 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wells 3-6, Sean Marshall 1-0, John Grabow 1-0, Kerry Wood 2-1, Carlos Marmol 1-1
Batters Faced - Randy Wells 25, Sean Marshall 1, Marcos Mateo 2, John Grabow 1, Kerry Wood 6, Carlos Marmol 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26292
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 47
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Mark Carlson