5/30 Travis Wood hits slam

It’s a good thing Travis Wood started in the Cubs’ Interleague game at Wrigley Field, and not on the South Side. He didn’t want to miss a chance to hit. Wood smacked a grand slam, the first by a Cubs pitcher since Jason Marquis in 2008, in the Cubs’ game against the White Sox. The Cubs led 2-1 when they loaded the bases in the fourth as Welington Castillo was safe on a pop up single that dropped near the pitcher’s mound, Luis Valbuena singled off the right field wall, and Darwin Barney was hit by a pitch. Wood launched a 2-1 pitch from Jake Peavy into the left field bleachers for his second home run of the season.

It’s the first grand slam by a Cubs player since Anthony Rizzo connected Sept. 16, 2012, against the Pirates, and the first by a Cubs pitcher since Marquis did so Sept. 22, 2008, at Shea Stadium against the Mets. The last Cubs pitcher to hit a grand slam at Wrigley? Not Carlos Zambrano but Burt Hooton, who did so Sept. 16, 1972. Wood began this season with three home runs in 120 at-bats.

Cubs pitchers have provided most of the offense this month, totaling 19 RBIs. The next closest team? The Giants pitchers with eight RBIs for the season.

– Carrie Muskat

18 Comments

It was beautiful :’) And with Barney at second? Even better! I’m at work and once it happened I yelled all happy because everyone else are Sox fans, except me! :D Thank you Cubs for making me proud today, you guys never disappoint me! <3

Atta girl Isabel! Barney came through with a two out clutch RBI…..VERY POSITIVE!!

It has been an amazing series! :)

Hey! Hey! Loved the grand slam Travis!

What a throw by Soriano to nail the runner at second! He still DOES have a very good arm and he actually KNEW which base to throw to!!! VERY POSITIVE INDEED!! Good to see him contribute in any way he can, after all he is in the line up, still a Cub and we ARE fans….

Everything was great! :)

And positive!! A rain aided sweep!!!

bring on the d-backs! 4 in a row!

working on the sweep without the rain, it was 2-0 cubbies when the rain started

I do not get why our closer was brought into a blowout to get some work and winds up throwing 35 pitches, which almost by definition, means he will be unavailible for tomorrow`s contest in which he may actually be needed. As Keith Moreland asserted on today`s radio broadcast, “That`s scary.” Why was this a freakin intelligent decision to bring Gregg into this game?

Also, why did we employ a designated hitter in a contest earlier in week vs. Chisox when our pitchers are clearly superior to our position players when it comes to providing offense (unless your name is Navarro)? If I were a position player on this team. I would feel impotent, because that is the case. The hurlers are putting you all to shame when it comes to producing offense.

This may seem moot to most, but I can`t resist bringing it up. Early on in today`s contest, we had a 2-0 lead in the third inning, I believe, and the Chisox had a runner in scoring position with Paulie at the dish and two outs. I was driving and shouted at the radio to either give the dude nothing to hit or walk him. But NO! Wood pitches to him as if no one was on base and the obvious happened. Konerko produced because that is what he does and who he is, a professional hitter. This is not complicatred folks. Why do the folk in charge of our team make it complicated? I suggest it may be why we have not won a championship in close to 105 years, is it?

Want to make one more point before I go to bed. If you do not respect Paul Konerko, there is something wrong with you. He is the Rodney Dangerfield of professional baseball. I`ve been saying for years he is the most overlooked major league athlete of this era. The casual observer has no clue who he is.

Agreed! If there is one hitter on the WhiteSox at bat with a RISP in a close game (2-0) that deserves the respect of an intentional walk or garbage pitches IT’S KONERKO!!

I agree Mama, the pitchers have been doing an amazing job! I’m so proud of the Cubs in general. :)

Are you positive you saw the play then Mamma??

Mamma Mia, Glad you are reading Dr. Peale’s book which I think you will enjoy. As I have said before I grew up living 6 months out of each year on an island off the coast of Maine. Norman Peale owned an island right next to our island and we all spent summers enjoying sand and surf and lobsters! I think the Cubs had their “Power of Positive Thinking” going for them today!

Hi Mamma – Yes but I was very young at the time and didn’t think of him as anything but an island neighbor. I didn’t realize the depth of his faith until later in life. I think it is time for me to re-read his writings. I do not see you as a bitter nor dis-illusioned person in any way. What I have seen in you is kindness and generous responses and a delightful sense of humor.

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