4/5 No excuses
Kerry Wood did check the video replay of the pitches he threw in the eighth and had no complaints. Wood took over for Ryan Dempster with the Cubs leading, 1-0, on Opening Day. The Nationals had one on and two outs.
Wood walked the next two batters to load the bases, then walked Jayson Werth to drive in the game-tying run. The questionable call came on an 0-2 pitch to Werth.
“[Catcher Geovany Soto] set up off the plate,” Wood said of the pitch. “It was a purpose pitch — either get him to chase it or get a [strike out] there. I don’t think [DeMuth] missed anything that cost us.”
In the Nationals ninth, Chad Tracy doubled off the right field wall off Carlos Marmol and pinch-runner Brett Carroll then scored on Ian Desmond’s single.
“He took advantage of a good pitch and it dropped,” Marmol said.
When asked if this was like last year, Marmol quickly said, no.
“Last year is over,” Marmol said. “This is a new year. Next question.”
Wood, the elder statesmen on the team, beginning his 12th season, didn’t blame the wind or cold or the light work load this spring. He threw 25 pitches on Thursday to four batters. In his last three spring outings, he threw a total of 22 pitches.
“It’s probably the best Opening Day conditions I’ve been part of in awhile,” Wood said. “No excuses. I didn’t get it done today.”
— Carrie Muskat