6/28 Mariners 5, Cubs 4 (10 innings)

Once again, the Cubs wasted a quality outing by Travis Wood. Alfonso Soriano and Dioner Navarro each hit solo home runs but the Mariners rallied for two runs in the eighth and Mike Zunino hit a walkoff RBI single with one out in the 10th to post a 5-4 Interleague win over the Cubs Friday night.

“It’s a tough one today,” said Soriano, who connected in the seventh. “You just try to forget this game today and come back and win tomorrow.”

Carlos Marmol is gone but the Cubs bullpen continues to struggle. Chicago led 4-2 when Jason Bay walked to open the Seattle seventh and one out later, Wood was pulled for Carlos Villanueva. Zunino singled, and was forced at second on Brad Miller’s grounder, allowing Bay to score.

Nick Franklin doubled in the Mariners’ eighth against James Russell, and one out later, scored on Kendrys Morales’ double to close to 4-3. Raul Ibanez tripled to left past a diving Brian Bogusevic and Morales scored the tying run. Russell now is 0-for-5 in save opportunities.

“It was all set up for him against the lefties, turning the guys around, and he obviously, couldn’t get the ball down tonight,” Dale Sveum said.

With the game tied at 4 in the 10th, Blake Parker walked both Michael Saunders and Ibanez, and then exited. Shawn Camp entered, and the runners moved up on Bay’s sacrifice. Justin Smoak was intentionally walked to load the bases and Zunino lined a 3-2 pitch to center for the game-winning hit.

“I was just looking for something I could get up and elevate to the middle of the field,” Zunino said. “[Camp] usually throws a bunch of sliders so I was looking for one of those early. But he kept coming with the fastball, so with a 3-2 count I knew I had to stay aggressive. … With the infield playing in, I knew I got enough of it to get it through.”

Wood struck out six and walked two over 6 1/3 innings but did not get a decision. He is winless in his last five starts despite posting a quality start in each.

“Travis pitched a heck of a ballgame,” Sveum said. “It’s about as snakebit as you can get, getting him wins.”

The lefty ranks among the Major League leaders in quality starts, and has topped his 2012 season total, when he collected 14 of 26 outings.

“Things are going good in that aspect,” Wood said. “I feel I’m more advanced as a pitcher. I’m not just up there throwing. I have a game plan and how I want to attack hitters and the offspeed stuff is better and command is better. The arm side wasn’t there, and it made me battle.”

– Carrie Muskat

2 Comments

Good to see Soriano finally warming up…..the the DH role! Could be a sign of things to come for him???

The Cubs have lost 17 one run games this season, and that stat leads the majors. I conclude from that that our record should not be as sorry as it is. But I also know you are whatever your record says you are. We were ever so close in those 17 games, but that and $2.50 (or whatever they get for that these days) will get you on the subway. We need hitters and pitchers who do not fold their tents when in pressure situations. We are bankrupt of players who have the stones to dig deep and produce in the clutch. When we find such men, we`ll know we are on our way to contending. Btw, what does the subway cost these days? I have not ridden one in ages.

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