Travis Wood took the mound for the first time since returning from the Minor Leagues and Ben Wells wound up[more] with a no-decision in a slugfest in the Class A Northwest League as both Bryant products were in action Saturday night.
Wood closed out the Cincinnati Reds’ 13-1 win over the San Diego Padres Saturday. In the top of the ninth, the lefty surrendered a lead-off single to Kyle Blanks then hit pinch-hitter Rob Johnson only to come back and strike out the next two batters, Nick Hundley and Alberto Gonzalez. And when he got former Arkansas Razorback third baseman Logan Forsythe to flyout, the game was over.
Wood was recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Aug. 9. After pitching the second half of the 2010 season and the first three months of the 2011 season with the Reds, he was demoted on June 22.
Wells, a seventh-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in 2010, started and pitched four innings in the Boise Hawks’ 15-8 loss to the Eugene Emeralds (Colorado Rockies). The right-hander, who remains 3-3 on the short-season team, allowed five runs, three earned on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Hawks were haunted by six errors in the game including a wild pick-off throw by Wells, whose earned run average is now 4.47.