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