Brewers 10, Cubs 2

Randy Wolf is proving he can be counted on to help make up for

the loss of Shaun Marcum should the right-hander’s sore shoulder

keep him out of the Brewers’ rotation when the season opens.

Wolf retired six of the first seven batters he faced Wednesday

and extended his scoreless streak into an eighth inning this spring

before a two-run fourth as Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 10-2


Wolf, a left-hander, allowed a walk and a single until the

fourth, when he gave up three consecutive hits to start the inning:

doubles by Starlin Castro and Ian Stewart and a single to Jeff

Baker scored the Cubs’ runs.

”He located his pitches well,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke

said. ”He had really good rhythm. I liked everything I saw.”

New Brewers shortstop Alex Gonalez went 3 for 3 with a walk and

two runs scored, and Milwaukee’s backup catcher George Kottaras

doubled twice – including once with the bases loaded in the fourth

– to drive in five runs.

Castro, the 21-year-old shortstop who led the National League in

hits last season, was 1 for 3 for the Cubs, who were held to six

hits by six Brewers pitchers.

Cubs right-hander Randy Wells continued his strong pitch this

spring to win one of two openings in the starting rotation with

three scoreless innings. He hasn’t allowed a run in either of his

two starts this spring, covering five innings.

”I was really pleased today,” he said. ”I didn’t throw a

whole lot of breaking stuff and really worked on my fastball

command and sinker. When I did get guys on, I was able to get the

ground ball. That’s the one thing I’m taking away from today.”

Travis Wood did not fare as well for the Cubs. He managed to get

just one out in a six-run fourth. he gave up three hits, two walks

and six runs – five earned. He has yet to have a strong outing in

two Cactus League games and an intrasquad scrimmage.

”What happened today was unacceptable,” he said. ”It can’t

happen. . It’s time to get it going.”