5/22 Good Wood
Travis Wood made his first start in Chris Volstad’s spot on Tuesday in Houston. Volstad made his first start for Triple-A Iowa Tuesday in Des Moines. Volstad was the winner in an Iowa’ s 18-8 romp over Tacoma. He didn’t get that kind of offensive support in his eight starts with the Cubs when he was 0-6. Wood didn’t get any help Tuesday.
Chicago stranded six and Astros pitchers totaled 13 strikeouts, which matched a season high for the Cubs. Jose Altuve hit Wood’s third pitch of the game for his homer and Jed Lowrie followed with a double for the only hits off the lefty.
“The first pitch [Altuve] hit out wasn’t where it was supposed to be and he put a good swing on it and hit it out,” Wood said. “The second one that [Lowrie] hit was where it was supposed to be and he hit it down the line for a double.”
Wood had a rough Spring Training, yet seems back on track. He also posted a quality start May 6 when he subbed for Matt Garza.
“I tip my hat to him,” Sveum said of Wood. “I know he’s gone through some adversity through all this and he’s had two really impressive starts for us.”
The left-hander was able to settle down after giving up extra-base hits to Altuve and Lowie.
“The first batter of the ballgame, [Altuve] hits a home run and I guess everything is out of the way,” Wood said. “You’ve already given up a hit, you’ve already given up a home run, so there’s not much left to do but bear down and get after it.”
– Carrie Muskat