~By Dave van Dyck
Photo: Geovany Soto delivers the big hit, a two-RBI double in the sixth inning. (Brian Cassella / Tribune)
After manager Lou Piniella said that “sometimes less is more,” the Cubs not only skipped batting practice but also closed the outfield hitting cage before they met the Reds on Saturday.
Maybe he’s on to something, as the Cubs got 10 hits enroute to a 3-1 victory over the Reds in front of 40,677 on a beautiful afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Randy Wells (4-6) was the winner, not allowing the National League’s highest ranked offense a hit until the seventh inning. It was his first win since April 30.
Cub bats had been nearly silent lately, scoring three or fewer runs in 11 of their last 13 games, which included five shutouts.
In the sixth, after stranding 12 runners, the Cubs finally broke through for three runs on a bases-loaded single by Alfonso Soriano and ensuing double by Geovany Soto.
Wells allowed his first run in the eighth inning, helped by his own throwing error. He left with two out and a runner on base in favor of Carlos Marmol, who got an out and then pitched the ninth.