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Travis Wood scattered six hits over seven scoreless innings and Luis Valbuena and Ryan Sweeney each homered to lift the Cubs to a 2-0 victory over the Reds Monday in Cincinnati. Wood improved to 9-11, and finally beat his former team in his fifth start against the Reds. It was Sweeney’s sixth home run, which matches his single-season high, also set in 2009 with the Athletics. Valbuena’s blast was his career-high 11th, topping his previous best of 10 set in 2009 with the Indians. Kevin Gregg picked up his 31st save. Edwin Jackson faces lefty Tony Cingrani at Great American Ball Park in the second game of this three-game series.
Travis Wood takes the mound Monday for the Cubs against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:
* The Cubs begin an 11-game road trip Monday, their longest since Sept. 16-26, 2004, when Hurricane Frances forced the rescheduling of a three-game set in Miami. The storm created a 12-game, 11-day trip through Cincinnati, Florida, Pittsburgh and New York.
* The Cubs have lost 14 of their last 21 games overall.
* Travis Wood enters Monday’s game with a 3.17 ERA and joins fellow southpaw Chris Rusin (2.89 ERA) in the Cubs rotation to give the team two southpaws with an ERA below 3.20. If they maintain that pace, they will become the first two left-handers to make at least 10 starts and each turn in an ERA of 3.80 or less in the same year for the first time in 46 years when Rich Nye (3.20 ERA, 30 starts) and Ken Holtzman (2.53 ERA, 12 starts). Since Holtzman and Nye, only once in the next 45 seasons have the Cubs had at least two left-handers make 10 starts and each record an ERA below 4.00, when in 2007 Ted Lilly (3.83 ERA, 34 starts) and Rich Hill (3.92 ERA, 32 starts) accomplished the feat.
The Cubs hit the road on Monday, opening an 11-game trip in Cincinnati. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (8-11, 3.17) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (13-10, 3.62)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-15, 4.91) vs. LHP Tony Cingrani (7-3, 2.80)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.29) vs. RHP Mike Leake (12-6, 3.46)
Travis Wood served up two home runs, including a three-run shot to pitcher Henderson Alvarez, as the Marlins beat the Cubs, 4-3, on Monday. Wood was making his 28th start, a career high, and gave up four runs over seven innings. The Cubs scored all of their runs in the first and that was it. Starlin Castro, Luis Valbuena and Anthony Rizzo hit consecutive singles in the Chicago first against Alvarez, tying the game when Castro scored on Rizzo’s hit. Dioner Navarro followed with another RBI single and Nate Schierholtz added a sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead. Alvarez had to leave the game because of tightness in his hamstring.
Wood missed in his bid for his 22nd quality start. The last Cubs left-hander to reach that figure was Ken Holtzman, who totaled 25 in 1970. Since 1921, Dick Ellsworth’s 29 quality starts in 1963 pace Cubs lefties.
The Cubs now have lost 18 of their last 23 home games, and are 5-15 in one-run games at Wrigley Field. Chicago has not won three in a row at home since a four-game streak, July 6-9.
Travis Wood takes the mound Monday for the Cubs against the Marlins, and looks to become the first Cubs lefty since 1970 to record at least 22 quality starts in a season. Wood’s 21 quality efforts are tied for fourth most by a Cubs left-hander in a single season since 1921 with Ted Lilly (2008 and 2009).
Since 1921, Dick Ellsworth’s 29 quality starts in 1963 pace Cubs left-handers. Ken Holtzman had 25 quality starts in 1970 and Larry French had 23 quality starts in 1935. Wood is tied for fourth in the Majors with 21 quality starts, two off Clayton Kershaw’s big league lead.
Here’s the lineup:
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The Cubs continue their homestand on Monday, Labor Day, playing host to the Marlins. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (8-10, 3.09) vs. RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-3, 3.90)
Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-14, 4.90) vs. RHP Tom Koehler (3-9, 4.72)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (8-11, 4.13) vs. TBD
Travis Wood stole the spotlight from Clayton Kershaw, this season’s favorite for the National League Cy Young Award, as the Cubs posted a 3-2 win and snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Dodgers in front of a sellout crowd of 52,326.
“He’s the best pitcher in the game right now,” Wood said of Kershaw. “He’s an outstanding pitcher, and he had an off night tonight — on his off night, he held us to two runs. I was fortunate to go out there and make quick pitches and get quick outs.”
Dioner Navarro and Starlin Castro each hit RBI singles to hand Los Angeles’ its sixth loss in 26 games this month.
“This is the hottest team, but I think for all these guys, and especially the guys who were here last year and myself and the coaching staff, this is probably one of our most satisfying wins, that’s for sure,” Dale Sveum said.
The West Coast has not been kind to the Cubs, who went 1-18 on the road against the NL West last season. This was Chicago’s first win against Los Angeles since May 6, 2012.
Wood avoided going 0-for-August when he struck out six over seven innings for his first win since July 28. The only blemish off the Cubs lefty was a two-out RBI single by Juan Uribe in the sixth. Wood lost to the Dodgers on Aug. 2 at Wrigley Field, giving up five runs over an abbreviated 3 1/3 innings. Tuesday was much improved.
“Wood was an All-Star,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s been having success by staying out of the middle of the plate. He didn’t do it in Chicago, but he did a nice job tonight.”
The key may have been the Chicago first. Kershaw needed 29 pitches to get through the inning.
“I think that was huge for us,” Navarro said of the first. “We got his pitch count up a little bit. I knew Kershaw, and I knew he was going to throw at least six innings. We did a great job as a team, it was a great group effort and we did what we were supposed to do.”
– Carrie Muskat
If the Cubs thought Zack Greinke was tough, on Tuesday, it’ll be even tougher as they face lefty Clayton Kershaw. No Anthony Rizzo on Tuesday. The game does mark the first time in 50 seasons that a Cubs left-handed All-Star pitcher squares off against a fellow left-handed All-Star pitcher from that same season, and the first time ever after the All-Star Game took place. In 1964, Cubs lefty Dick Ellsworth twice faced fellow southpaw All-Stars: on May 14, Ellsworth faced off against the Dodgers’ Sandy Koufax and endured a 6-4, 10-inning setback at Wrigley Field. On June 23, Ellsworth tossed a complete-game, 2-0 shutout against Philadelphia’s Chris Short, also at Wrigley Field.
Here’s the lineup:
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After the Cubs complete their series against the Padres on Sunday, they head north up I-5 to Los Angeles to face the red-hot Dodgers. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.71) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (12-3,2.91)
Tuesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.22) vs. LHP Clayton Kershaw (13-7, 1.72)
Wednesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-13, 5.00) vs. RHP Ricky Nolasco (10-9, 3.42)