Wells Turned in a Gem

Right-hander Randy Wells is coming off his most dominant outing of the season for Class AAA Iowa.

Wells (2-0) carried a no-hit bid deep into the seventh inning against Albuquerque on April 22 at Principal Park before Isotopes center fielder Xavier Paul (the current Pacific Coast League leader in batting average -- .431) singled with two away.

Wells finished with seven full innings, allowing just the one hit to go with four strikeouts. He retired 22 of the 25 batters he faced and at one point set down 16 straight batters.

"A little bit of everything," Wells said of what pitches were working for him on Wednesday. "I was pretty much locating my fastball wherever I wanted. I was throwing strikes and my off-speed pitch was working."

Wells said he tried to block out the fact that he had a no-hitter in tact.

"It's in the back of your mind, but at the same time you have to concentrate on (the big picture)," he said.

Dating back to last season, Wells has not lost since July 14, 2008. Through three starts this season, he has a 2.65 ERA and 12 strikeouts to four walks. He has allowed 12 hits in 17 innings.

InsideTheIvy.com correspondent Kelsey Knutson in Des Moines contributed to this report.

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