12/17 Kerry Wood highlights
Here’s a list of five memorable Kerry Wood games with the Cubs. Have any additions to make?
1. 20-K game, May 6, 1998, at Wrigley Field
It was Wood’s fifth big league start, and a memorable one as he fanned 20 to tie a Major League record. He gave up one hit — a single by Ricky Gutierrez in the third inning — and did not walk a batter. It was a dominating performance. Wood had one other one-hitter, May 25, 2001, against the Brewers.
2. Wood vs. Clemens, June 7, 2003, at Wrigley Field
Roger Clemens was vying for his 300th career win in an Interleague game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field but Wood and the Cubs foiled his bid, winning 5-2. Wood gave up one run on three hits and struck out 11. Eric Karros, who subbed for Hee-Seop Choi, injured in a collision with Wood, hit a three-run homer for Chicago.
3. The 10,000th win, April 23, 2008, at Coors Field.
Wood was called on to close out the franchise’s 10,00th win against the Rockies but he gave up the game-tying run in the bottom of ninth on Ryan Spilborghs’ RBI triple. Wood ended up with the “W” as the Cubs rallied to score go-ahead run in 10th and post a 7-6 win. Carlos Marmol notched the save, his second of the year.
4. NL Division Series, Oct. 5, 2003, at Turner Field.
The Cubs had not won a playoff series since the 1908 World Series. But Wood picked up his second win of the NLDS in Game 5 as the Cubs beat the Braves, 5-1. He also won Game 1, combining with three others on a three-hitter. Wood became the first Cubs pitcher to win two postseason games since Hank Borowy in the 1945 World Series.
5. NL Championship Series, Oct. 15, 2003, at Wrigley Field.
The Cubs rallied from a 3-0 deficit to the Marlins to take a 5-3 lead, aided by Wood’s two-run homer. But Florida won the game and the series, spoiling the Cubs’ bid to reach the World Series for the first time since 1945. Wood took the loss.
– Carrie Muskat