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8/24 Looking ahead …

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)

8/23 Nationals 5, Cubs 4, 13 innings

Thursday’s game

Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer in the ninth but the Cubs came up short in a 5-4, 13-inning loss to the Nationals on Thursday at Wrigley Field. The start of the game was delayed by two hours because of rain. Travis Wood gave up four runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. After walking Bryce Harper in the second, Wood retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. On the plus side, Brian Bogusevic had three hits, including a home run. Murphy tied the game with his homer in the ninth. He’s the first Cubs player since 1921 to hit eight home runs in his first 16 games with the team. The Cubs are 3-16 in their last 19 home games, and 6-18 in their last 24 games overall.

8/18 Cubs vs Nationals

After the Cardinals leave town, the Cubs finish the homestand with four games against the Nationals. Here are the pitching matchups:

Monday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.29) vs. RHP Jordan Zimmermann (14-6, 3.02)
Tuesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-2, 3.06) vs. RHP Dan Haren (7-11, 4.82)
Wednesday: RHP Jake Arrieta (1-0, 0.69) vs. RHP Ross Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.85)
Thursday: LHP Travis Wood (7-10, 3.13) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.93)

8/17 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Saturday when the Cubs square off against the Cardinals in Game 2 of this three-game series. Wood, is one of three starters to have an ERA of 3.00 or lower, yet have at least nine losses this season. The lefty is 7-9 with a 3.00 ERA and is joined by the White Sox Chris Sale (8-11, 2.74) and Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (6-9, 2.83). Today, Wood makes his 25th start of the season, one shy of his career high done last season.

Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus CF
Lake LF
Rizzo 1B
Schierholtz RF
Castillo C
Murphy 3B
Castro SS
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

8/12 Cubs lineup

Travis Wood takes the mound Monday when the Cubs open a three-game series against the Reds. Here’s the lineup:

DeJesus LF
Lake CF
Rizzo 1B
Castillo C
Schierholtz RF
Castro SS
Murphy 3B
Barney 2B
T. Wood P

8/11 Cubs vs. Reds

The Cubs return to Wrigley Field Monday to play host to the Reds, the start of a 10-game homestand. Starting Monday, the Cubs will play 19 of 25 games at Wrigley through Sept. 8. Here are the pitching matchups vs. Cincinnati:

Monday: LHP Travis Wood (7-8, 3.04) vs. RHP Mat Latos (11-3, 3.21)
Tuesday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.23) vs. RHP Homer Bailey (7-10, 3.73)
Wednesday: LHP Chris Rusin (2-1, 3.08) vs. RHP Bronson Arroyo (10-9, 3.51)

8/7 Cubs lineup

The Cubs face lefty Cole Hamels on Wednesday, and it’s an interesting lineup. Three of the starters — Thomas Neal, Cody Ransom and Cole Gillespie — were claimed off waivers, and Donnie Murphy signed as a free agent April 3 after he was released by the Brewers.

Lake CF
Barney 2B
Castro SS
Navarro C
Neal LF
Ransom 1B
Gillespie RF
Murphy 3B
T. Wood P

8/4 Looking ahead …

After the Dodgers series ends Sunday and an off day Monday, the Cubs hit the road to face the Phillies in Philadelphia for three games. Here are the pitching matchups:

Tuesday: RHP Edwin Jackson (7-11, 4.65) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (9-8, 4.29)
Wednesday: LHP Travis Wood (7-8, 3.05) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (4-13, 3.87)
Thursday: RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-10, 3.78) vs. RHP Ethan Martin (0-1, 12.46)

8/3 Dodgers 6, Cubs 2

All-Star Travis Wood had his shortest outing of the season in a 6-2 loss to the Dodgers. Junior Lake was 4-for-5, and is the first Cubs player since 1916 to record two four-hit games in his first 16 big league contests. He’s the first Major Leaguer to accomplish the feat since the Cardinals’ Bo Hart in June 2003. Wood was charged with a season-high tying five runs in a season-low 3 1/3 innings. He walked five, tying a career high, and dropped to 1-2 with a 7.65 ERA in four career starts against the Dodgers. Cole Gillespie matched a career high with three hits, including two doubles. Darwin Barney had two hits for his first multi-hit game since July 20 at Colorado. The Cubs did hit five doubles Friday, and have at least one extra-base hit in each of the last 26 games dating to July 5. The team’s 352 extra-base hits lead the NL, and rank third in the Majors.

With the loss, the Cubs are 1-5 at the start of this eight-game homestand.

* ROSTER MOVE: After the game, outfielder Julio Borbon was designated for assignment. A corresponding move will be made Saturday.

7/28 Cubs 2, Giants 1

Travis Wood picked up another quality start and a quality at-bat. Wood notched his 18th quality start and belted his third home run to lift the Cubs to a 2-1 victory Sunday over the Giants and complete a sweep of the defending World Series champs. Welington Castillo smacked a tiebreaking home run with two outs in the seventh, his third of the year, to give Chicago its first series sweep in San Francisco since Sept. 13-15, 1993.

The Cubs concluded a 10-game West Coast swing through Denver, Phoenix and San Francisco 6-4, and picked up their 26th road win, three more than their total last season. Last year, the Cubs went 1-18 on the road against the NL West.

“I can’t remember ever as a player or anything having this kind of trip on the West Coast,” Dale Sveum said. “To win six out of 10 on the West Coast, no matter how good a team you are, it’s one of the harder things to do in baseball.”

They did it without Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, both traded during the trip. On Sunday, Soriano had four hits, including a two-run homer and walk-off RBI single for the Yankees, which prompted loud cheers in the Cubs clubhouse. The high socks on Starlin Castro, Junior Lake and Luis Valbuena on Sunday? That’s Soriano style.

“We said we wanted to do it for Sori,” Castillo said of the socks switch.

Wood was in the trainer’s room and heard all the ruckus. The lefty was on the Cubs last year when they also overhauled the roster, dealing Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto and others. This time, it’s different.

“It’s always a little different, especially when you lose a guy like Soriano,” Wood said. “He was one of our hottest bats, probably the hottest bat at the time. He’s the leader on the team and he’s been here the longest. It was sad to see him go, but I think he had a pretty solid day today. We just have to pull together and string some wins.”

The pitchers ruled. Wood singled to lead off the third and then homered off Tim Lincecum with two outs in the fifth, his third of the year, and the most by a Cubs pitcher since Carlos Zambrano hit four in 2009. It’s the first time Lincecum has ever served up a home run to a pitcher.

“I’m always surprised,” Wood said of his power. “I’m not up there trying to hit homers. I’m just trying to put good swings on it. I was able to get two hits today and fortunately one of them went over the fence. Unfortunately, I gave it up the next inning.”

Lincecum got a little payback with two hits off Wood, both singles.

The Giants loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth, and Buster Posey hit into a bizarre double play, forcing the runners at third and at home. But Pablo Sandoval delivered an RBI double to tie the game. Castillo’s home run was all Wood needed, and ticked Lincecum off.

All three games were decided by one run. Winning those close games in front of sellout crowds can only help, Sveum said.

“A lot of these young guys have to get a feeling for that in the big leagues, and the feeling of the last three games here, how close every out was and how every pitch here meant everything, and the situations [Saturday night],” Sveum said. “These guys, some of them anyway, that multiplies by 10 when you’re in a pennant race, those kind of games. It’s always a learning process.”

– Carrie Muskat


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