5/8 Wood can’t get a break

It was a rough night for Kerry Wood. With the game tied at 1 in the Braves eighth, Michael Bourn singled off Wood, who then walked Martin Prado. Prado was forced at second on Freddie Freeman’s fielder’s choice. Wood then walked Brian McCann to load the bases, and after a visit from pitching coach Chris Bosio, Dan Uggla singled to center, driving in two runs. That was enough for a 3-1 Braves win.

“I made pretty good pitches tonight,” Wood said. “The walk to McCann with a base open, I’m not going to give in to him. I made a good pitch, I thought, to Uggla and turned around and we had the shift on, and when things are going bad, you don’t get breaks and I didn’t get any tonight. I’ll be ready to go tomorrow.”

Wood, 34, was making his second appearance since coming off the disabled list and now has given up seven runs on six hits and six walks over 4 1/3 innings in six games.

“The shoulder is great and that’s the frustrating thing,” said Wood, who was sidelined with right shoulder fatigue. “I bounced back from the [cortisone] injection and the shoulder feels great, stuff feels fine. I actually threw some good curveballs tonight for the first time in a while. It’s all about results and I didn’t have any tonight.”

The Cubs picked off McCann at second base to end the inning and as Wood left the field, he threw his glove and cap into the seats in frustration. He chose not to address the incident.

“It’s irrelevant,” Wood said to reporters. “Why the [heck] would you bring that up?”

“It’s frustrating,” manager Dale Sveum said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re young or a veteran guy. If you give up a couple runs and he walked a couple guys, it’s frustrating.”

— Carrie Muskat 


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I don’t like the veteran Wood commenting that he didn’t get breaks. He didn’t get OUTS. He didn’t pitch well and that’s all there is to it. Suck it up, move on and IMPROVE. Don’t blame the lack of breaks, too close to whining.

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