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Travis Wood settled down after a shaky first inning, rookie Mike Olt continued his hot home run pace, and Hector Rondon picked up his fifth save in as many chances to help the Cubs make a statement Sunday. Welington Castillo belted a two-run home run and Olt added his team-leading ninth blast to back Wood and lift the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the first-place Brewers.
“We were able to come through with big two-out hits,” Olt said. “That’s how you win ballgames.”
That, and having Wood recover from a first inning in which he walked the bases loaded with two outs. The lefty scattered two hits over seven innings to improve to 3-1 in five home starts with a 2.43 ERA. He’s now served up nine earned runs over 33 1/3 innings at Wrigley. The lefty is 1-3 with an 8.02 ERA in four road outings.
Wood walked the bases loaded in the first, then got Khris Davis to hit into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.
“It was a struggle in the first,” wood said. “We weren’t missing bad, but we were missing. It was a minor adjustment that we had to make.”
The trouble was that he was flying open in his mechanics, and once corrected, he shut down the Brewers. The lefty retired the next 10 batters he faced before Logan Schafer doubled with one out in the fifth. One out later, Rickie Weeks launched a 2-0 pitch from Wood over the bleachers in left-center field for his second home run.
“He didn’t make any mistakes really,” Weeks said of Wood. “The one mistake he made, I hit the ball out. Other than that, the cutter in, he was spotting it dead on under the hands. He was painting that little sinker away. You can’t do too much about that when a pitcher is going like that.”
The Cubs had the lead before Weeks’ blast, going ahead 2-0 in the second when Luis Valbuena walked to set up Castillo’s fifth home run, which landed in the first row of the left-field bleachers.
With two outs in the third, Starlin Castro and Valbuena hit back-to-back doubles to open a 3-0 lead. It’s an encouraging sign for the Cubs, who entered the game batting .190 with runners in scoring position and two outs. Olt made it 4-0 with a leadoff homer in the fourth, his ninth, which leads the team and all National League rookies.
Olt is the first Cubs rookie to hit nine home runs before June 1 since Geovany Soto did so in 2008. Soto won the NL Rookie of the Year that season.
“I’ve just gotten some good pitches to hit,” Olt said. “As long as I’m doing that, I’m happy. The home runs come in bunches. Hopefully, I can keep it going.”
Rondon survived a scare in the ninth, too. He gave up a double to Ryan Braun, but locked down his fifth save in as many opportunities.
“Like I’ve said, I’ll be ready for any situation,” Rondon said. “If they want to put me the second inning, third inning, whatever situation, I’ll take it.”
— Carrie Muskat
Travis Wood takes the mound Sunday in the Cubs’ series finale against the Brewers. A win today would give the Cubs their second series victory this season, and the first since taking two-of-three vs. the Cardinals, May 2-4. Wood has a 2-1 record and a 2.39 ERA (7 ER/26 1/3 IP) in four home starts compared to a
1-3 mark with an 8.02 ERA (19 ER/21 1/3 IP) in four road starts. Here’s the lineup:
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Travis Wood gets the start on Monday as the Cubs open a four-game series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Here’s the lineup:
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* The Cubs placed reliever Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a moderate left groin strain and recalled lefty Zac Rosscup from Triple-A Iowa. Strop was pulled from Tuesday’s game after facing five batters. He apparently injured his leg a few days ago while working out, but said he was ready to pitch. Cubs manager Rick Renteria said Strop was available.
“I didn’t think [his leg] was an issue, quite frankly,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He’d been working and did fine in his flat ground. All indications were that he was fine.”
* Mike Olt is trying to relax, and maybe being the designated hitter for one game will help. The third baseman was the DH Wednesday. He is 2-for-23 in his last nine games. Renteria has opted to platoon Olt with left-handed hitting Luis Valbuena at third base, so not playing every day has been new.
“It’s hard — you could be struggling a little bit and tend to put a little more pressure on yourself and that’s what’s been going on with me right now,” Olt said. “I’ve had some talks with guys on the team and coaches and am going to go back to being relaxed. There’s no excuse to say, ‘Hey, I’m not playing, this is why I’m struggling.’ It’s more me putting too much pressure on myself. I’m going to go back to having fun.”
He’s not worried about his hitting.
“I’ve been through way worse slumps than this,” he said.
* Maybe the Cubs should’ve let Travis Wood bat for himself?
“Everyone talks about it,” Renteria said. “Obviously, because he hit the grand slam against them before and because he swings the bat well, it’s an
outside thought but you wouldn’t do that.”
— Carrie Muskat
This and that …
* Travis Wood will be making his 100th career start Wednesday. He has a 2.92 ERA (20 ER/61 2/3 IP) in 10 Interleague starts for the Cubs, going 3-3 in those outings. He’s given up three or fewer earned runs in all 10 starts and two or fewer earned runs in seven of those, including each of his last four. Wood has a 2.19 ERA (6 ER/24 2/3 IP) in his last four starts against the AL dating to June 28 of last season.
* Wood’s 2.92 Interleague ERA as a Cub is third-best all-time in franchise history. Matt Garza’s 2.60 ERA ranks first amongst Cubs hurlers.
* Cubs designated hitters have batted .280 (142-for-508) with 23 home runs and 89 RBIs in 128 games at AL ballparks. The 23 homers have been hit by 13 players, including a franchise-record six by Alfonso Soriano.
The Cubs and White Sox move their intracity Interleague series to U.S. Cellular Field Wednesday. Travis Wood gets the start and Mike Olt will be the designated hitter. Here’s the lineup:
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Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer and hit a two-run single to lift the Cubs to a 6-5 victory Friday over the Cardinals. Travis Wood picked up the win, and Welington Castillo added a two-run double. Castillo hit three doubles in the game, the first time a Cubs catcher has done that since Damon Berryhill on Sept. 16, 1990. Rizzo is batting .404 (19-for-47) at Wrigley Field in 14 games. He now has homered in back to back games for the first time since July 31-Aug. 1, 2013.
* Ryan Sweeney had to leave the game in the eighth after making a catch on the warning track. He was to have an MRI on his right hamstring. The Cubs are expected to make a roster move and most likely will add outfielder Chris Coghlan from Triple-A Iowa.
* The Cubs will make another roster move on Saturday when they add pitcher Jake Arrieta, who is scheduled to start. The team has been carrying 13 pitchers and that is unlikely to change.
* Starlin Castro is batting .417 (10-for-24) with two doubles, two homers and five RBIs in six games since moving to the cleanup spot in the lineup. The Rizzo-Castro one-two punch impressed St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright.
“I think they’ve both always been dangerous,” Wainwright said. “Rizzo’s always played us very tough, even when he wasn’t hitting other people well. He’s always taken great at-bats off us. I think he’s got tremendous talent, and Castro, how many times has he had 200 hits? A few times already. I always think he’s a dangerous hitter.”
* The Cubs now are 2-2 against the Cardinals this season.
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs open a five-game homestand on Friday against the Cardinals. Travis Wood gets the start against Adam Wainwright. Here’s the lineup:
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Jason Hammel and Jeff Samardzija have both posted quality starts in each of their outings this year, and Hammel improved to 4-1 with a win Sunday over the Brewers. But their success has made them attractive to several other teams. A Cubs spokesman said Monday they have not received calls about the two right-handers or lefty Travis Wood. The trio will likely draw interest leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. Samardzija (1.53) and Hammel (2.08) rank seventh and 12th, respectively, in the NL in ERA, while Wood has posted quality starts in three of his five outings and has a 3.52 ERA.
Hammel signed a one-year contract in February before pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training. He has said since camp started that every pitcher wants to stay with one team. Would he consider an extension if the Cubs offered one?
“That’s crazy to even bring that up,” Hammel said after Sunday’s win in Milwaukee. “Every player wants to stay in a place for a long time but I’m not thinking about that.”
He’s not thinking about being traded either, but that’s been the Cubs’ trend the last two summers. Last year, it was Scott Feldman and Matt Garza who were dealt by the Trade Deadline.
Hammel is focused on the Cubs right now.
“I just want to win,” Hammel said. “We’re learning how to do that now.”
— Carrie Muskat
The Cubs play host to the Diamondbacks, starting Monday night. Here are the pitching matchups:
Monday: LHP Travis Wood (0-2, 3.00) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (1-1, 9.95)
Tuesday: RHP Jason Hammel (2-1, 3.05) vs. RHP Brandon McCarthy (0-3, 7.11)
Wednesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-2, 1.29) vs. LHP Wade Miley (2-2, 4.35)
Thursday: RHP Edwin Jackson (1-1, 5.40) vs. RHP Mike Bolsinger (0-1, 10.29)