Cubs Knock Off Peavy and the Sox – Cubs 2, White Sox 1

Game Sixty-Eight – Cubs 2, White Sox 1
WP – Travis Wood (1-3) LP – Jake Peavy (6-3) Save – Carlos Marmol (4)

wflag.jpgDale Sveum’s Cubs played one of their better games of the year Tuesday night and posted their first road series win of the season (September, 2011 in New York).

The Cubs offense did just enough and took advantage of an error and a wild pitch in the third inning that put two runners in scoring position for David DeJesus (2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI). DeJesus entered Tuesday’s game 0-for-14 in his career against Jake Peavy and his first career basehit off Peavy drove in two and gave the Cubs all of the runs they would need.

Travis Wood picked up his first win in a Cubs’ uniform Tuesday night. Wood put together a solid start after pitching out of a bases loaded, one-out jam in the second. Wood allowed one run on four hits with a season-high four walks and five strikeouts in six innings. Wood settled down after the second and did not allow more than one runner to reach in any of his last four innings of work.

The Cubs pen did an excellent job in relief of Travis Wood, especially Manny Corpas. After Shawn Camp pitched a perfect seventh, James Russell issued back-to-back one out walks to Gordon Beckham and Adam Dunn in the eighth. Manny Corpas came in and retired Paul Konerko and Alex Rios to end the inning.

Carlos Marmol picked up his first one-run save since April 8. Marmol labored through a 23-pitch ninth and had three-ball counts on each of the first three batters he faced but was still able to get the job done.

The Cubs defense played a big role in the win. The Cubs turned two double plays, did not commit any errors and Starlin Castro turned in a web gem in the fifth with a fabulous barehanded grab on a blooper in shallow center.

Jake Peavy did all he could to beat the Cubs on Tuesday night. Peavy retired 16 in a row at one point and kept the aggressive Cubs’ offense guessing all night. Peavy took the loss with a complete game effort … the same as Matt Garza a year ago when he tossed a complete game, four-hitter and lost to the Sox 1-0 at Wrigley.

The Cubs managed only five hits Tuesday night and one of the two runs the Cubs scored was unearned due to an Orlando Hudson error. The Cubs walked one time (Alfonso Soriano in the ninth) and Jake Peavy struck out five.

Tony Campana (2-for-3 with a run scored) notched a multi-hit game and scored the winning run … while Starlin Castro (1-for-4) recorded the Cubs’ other hit.

With Tuesday’s victory, the Cubs posted their first series win since sweeping the Padres at the end of May (May 28-May 30) and improved to 24-44 on the season …

After Jake Peavy struck out David DeJesus swinging on a 1-2 pitch to start the game, Starlin Castro singled to right for the game’s first hit. Bryan LaHair worked a full count before swinging and missing at a slider. Castro broke with the pitch and Tyler Flowers threw him out to end the inning. Peavy threw only 12 pitches, seven for strikes, in the first inning.

Travis Wood ended up facing the minimum in the first on 12 pitches, eight for strikes, after he gave up a leadoff single to Alejandro De Aza. Gordon Beckham grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Adam Dunn struck out swinging.

The Cubs did nothing in the second … 1-2-3 for Peavy on eight pitches, six for strikes (20 for the game, 13 strikes).

Travis Wood lost his command in the bottom of the second but somehow escaped a long, 32-pitch inning (13 strikes) with allowing only one run. Wood walked the bases loaded and Geovany Soto’s fifth throwing error of the season led to the Sox first run.

Paul Konerko lined out to Wood to start the second. Wood could not get the call on what appeared to be an inside strike and walked Alex Rios (3-1 pitch). Rios broke for second on a 1-1 pitch to Viciedo. The ball was down and well outside. Soto caught the ball and made an ill-advised throw to second. Soto’s throw ended up into center and Rios advanced to third with one out. Wood ended up walking Dayan Viciedo.

Alexei Ramirez drove a 2-0 pitch to the right field corner. The ball hit about a foot fair and hopped over the wall for a ground rule double. Rios scored and the Sox took a 1-0 lead. With runners on second and third with one out, Wood continued to pitch from behind. Wood ended up walking Tyler Flowers to load the bases.

Orlando Hudson worked the count full before popping out to Castro for the second out. Wood got out of the jam by striking out De Aza swinging to end the inning. After two innings, Wood’s pitch count stood at 44, 21 for strikes.

After two, the Cubs trailed 1-0.

Luis Valbuena lined out to left center to start the third. Geovany Soto pulled a 2-2 pitch down the third baseline. Hudson fielded the ball but made a sidearm throw to first and pulled Konerko off the bag. Soto avoided the tag then dove back to the bag safely. Tony Campana hit a 0-2 pitch back up the box and off of Peavy’s foot. Campana reached on an infield single and Soto advanced into scoring position on the play.

Peavy tried to get David DeJesus to chase a 1-2 pitch in the dirt. DeJesus laid off and the ball got far enough away from Flowers that both Soto and Campana were able to advance. DeJesus kept plugging away and singled to right on the ninth pitch of the at bat. DeJesus’ first career hit off Peavy drove in Soto and Campana and gave the Cubs a 2-1 lead. Starlin Castro hit into a 5-4 fielder’s choice and LaHair flied out to right center to end the inning.

Travis Wood set down the Sox in order in the third … 56 pitches for Wood after three, 29 for strikes.

After three, the Cubs led 2-1.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth.

Travis Wood was effective in the fourth and dodged a bullet. After he struck out Alex Rios looking to start the inning, Dayan Viciedo singled to center. Alexei Ramirez launched a 1-0 pitch to deep left. Campana caught the ball with his back on the wall for the second out. Wood then caught Flowers looking to end the inning (68 pitches for Wood, 37 strikes).

The Cubs did nothing in the fifth as Peavy found his groove (69 pitches for Peavy, 48 strikes).

Orlando Hudson popped out to Castro to start the fifth. Alejandro De Aza hit another pop up, this one into shallow center. Castro went back but the wind grabbed the ball. The ball hit off the heal of his glove and Castro hauled it in with his right hand. After Castro’s web gem, Wood issued a four-pitch walk to Gordon Beckham.

Travis Wood missed on his first two offerings to Adam Dunn (six straight balls). Wood threw one right down main. Dunn drove it to center and DeJesus hauled it in to end the inning. Wood threw 82 pitches, 42 for strikes, in five innings.

The Cubs did nothing in the sixth … 79 pitches for Peavy, 54 for strikes.

Paul Konerko hit Wood’s first pitch of the sixth into left for a single. Alex Rios popped a 0-1 pitch into right and Viciedo hit into a 5-4-3 inning ending double play on Wood’s 89th pitch of the game, 49 for strikes.

The Cubs continued doing nothing in the seventh … 14 in a row retired by Jake Peavy.

Shawn Camp retired the bottom of the Sox lineup in order, including pinch-hitter A.J. Pierzynski, in the seventh.

Jake Peavy made quick work of Luis Valbuena and Geovany Soto to start the eighth … 16 in a row for Peavy. Tony Campana punched a 1-1 pitch into center for a single, just the Cubs’ fourth hit of the night. David DeJesus stepped in with all eyes on Campana. DeJesus took ball one … then Peavy picked Campana off first to end the inning.

James Russell started the eighth and Reed Johnson replaced LaHair in right. Russell retired De Aza on a comebacker for the first out. Russell then walked Gordon Beckham and Dunn stepped in with one on, one out and the Cubs up 2-1.

Adam Dunn quickly fell behind 0-2 then worked the count full. Russell missed on the ninth pitch of the at bat … and with the free pass to Dunn; the Sox had runners on first and second with one out.

Dale Sveum made the slow walk and brought in Manny Corpas to face Paul Konerko.

Corpas got away with hanging a slider on the first pitch and Konerko popped it into shallow right. Reed Johnson hustled in and made a fine running catch. Alex Rios grounded out to first (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

After eight, the Cubs led 2-1.

Jake Peavy stayed in to start the ninth and David DeJesus launched his second pitch (1-0 count) into the gap in right center. The ball short-hopped the wall and DeJesus ended up at third with a triple. Ventura brought his infield in.

Starlin Castro hit a 2-0 pitch back up the box. Peavy knocked the ball down and threw to first just in time to get Castro for the first out. Reed Johnson pulled a 0-1 pitch straight to Ramirez at short. DeJesus bluffed and Ramirez threw out Johnson at first for the second out. Peavy wanted nothing to do with Alfonso Soriano and walked him on five pitches, the Cubs first walk of the night. The Cubs caught a break on a 1-2 pitch in the dirt to Clevenger. Clevenger swung but the appeal was denied and Soriano advanced to second on the wild pitch. Peavy froze Clevenger on the next pitch to end the inning.

The Cubs went to the bottom of the ninth leading 2-1 …

Carlos Marmol made his way out of the pen and struck out Dayan Viciedo looking on a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Alexei Ramirez grounded out to third (3-2 pitch) for the second out … and A.J. Pierzynski stepped in.

Marmol fell behind Pierzynski 3-1 and ended up walking him on the seventh pitch of the at bat. Orlando Hudson fell behind 0-2 before hitting a routine grounder toward first. Clevenger fielded the ball and took it to the bag himself … game over.

It is always a good day when the Cubs beat the Sox …

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Randy Wells is scheduled to face Gavin Floyd in the series and season finale with the White Sox on Wednesday night.

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Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver