Travis Wood’s Historically Bad Outing – Cubs 6, Cardinals 9

Game Ninety-Eight – Cubs 6, Cardinals 9
WP – Lance Lynn (13-4) LP – Travis Wood (4-6) Save – Jason Motte (23)

The Cubs dropped their fifth straight game to the Cardinals on Friday afternoon. The Cubs offense showed up and pounded Lance Lynn for the first time this season. But the Cardinals beat up Travis Wood again and the Cubs could not mount a comeback against the Redbirds’ pen. While the Cardinals were busy teeing off on Wood, Lance Lynn survived long enough to beat the Cubs for the fourth time in four tries this season.

The Cubs actually came from behind twice on Friday thanks to Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto and the game was tied at six after three innings … but Travis Wood could not keep the ball in the yard.

Travis Wood ended up in the history books with Friday’s performance. Wood became the first starter in Major League Baseball history to allow a home run in each of the first five innings of a game. Five different Cardinals took Wood deep … Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina, Lance Berkman, Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig. And not one of the five was a cheap shot. Wood allowed eight runs on seven hits (five home runs) with two walks and two strikeouts.

Travis Wood has allowed nine home runs in his last three starts after allowing just two home runs in his previous seven outings (June 3 – July 6).

Jeff Beliveau made his Wrigley Field debut and kept the Cardinals off the board in the sixth. Manny Corpas surrendered the ninth run of the game in the seventh after a hit batsman, a stolen base, an error and a RBI single from Matt Holliday. James Russell struck out the side in the eighth and Shawn Camp faced the minimum in the ninth. At the end of the day, Friday’s game came down to the fact the offense could not outhit Travis Wood’s mistakes.

The Cubs scored all six of their runs in the first three innings. Dale Sveum’s team hit for the cycle in the first inning and took a brief 3-1 lead. David DeJesus (1-for-5 with a triple and a run scored) led off with a triple and scored on a single to center off the bat of Starlin Castro (3-for-4 with a triple, a RBI and two runs scored). Anthony Rizzo (2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored) put the Cubs up by two with a two-run shot off Lance Lynn.

The Cubs tied the game at six in the third after Starlin Castro led off the third with his eighth triple of the season. Anthony Rizzo singled him in and scored on a double to left off the bat of Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3 with a double, a RBI, a walk and a run scored). Geovany Soto (2-for-4 with a double and a RBI) tied the game with a single to center … but that would be the Cubs’ final hit until the eighth inning.

The Cubs totaled just as many hits as the Cardinals (10) on Friday but the Cardinals outslugged them. Six of the Redbirds ten hits went for extra bases and only one run scored on a single. The Cubs finished the afternoon 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left four on base.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 40-58 on the season …

Travis Wood made quick work of Rafael Furcal and Jon Jay to begin the game. Wood then fell behind Matt Holliday and the former Rockie made him pay. Holliday hit a towering home run to deep left center on a 3-1 pitch. The ball almost made it onto Waveland. Wood struck out Allen Craig swinging (1-2 pitch) for the third out.

It was obvious in the first inning that Travis Wood would not be around too long on Friday afternoon. Wood threw 17 pitches in the first, 10 for strikes.

The Cubs came out swinging in the bottom of the first and scored more runs in one frame than they did all last weekend.

David DeJesus pulled a 0-1 pitch into the right field corner for a triple. Starlin Castro ripped a 3-2 pitch back up the middle (eighth pitch of the at bat) and singled in DeJesus with the tying run.

Anthony Rizzo stepped in and crushed a 0-1 pitch. Rizzo hit a laser-shot to the back of the party deck in right. Rizzo’s sixth longball since his call-up put the Cubs up 3-1. Alfonso Soriano struck out swinging for the first out. Bryan LaHair followed with a walk but broke too early with Soto at the plate. Lynn stepped off and tossed to Daniel Descalso for the second out … and it likely cost the Cubs a run. Geovany Soto pulled a 3-2 pitch into the left field corner. Soto ended up at second with a two-out double. Barney tried to check his swing on Lynn’s first offering but grounded out to Furcal to end the inning.

The Cubs had an excellent approach against Lynn in the first inning. Sveum’s offense worked the count (32 pitches for Lynn in the first) and made excellent contact at the end of the long at bats. The Cubs hit for the cycle in the first and gave Travis Wood a 3-1 lead after one complete.

Travis Wood’s struggles continued in the second.

Lance Berkman pulled a single into left (3-2 pitch) to start the second. Yadier Molina crushed Wood’s first pitch. The ball ended up on Waveland and appeared to hit the building across the street … and just like that the game was tied at three. Wood walked lefty Matt Carpenter then left a 1-1 pitch out over the plate that Daniel Descalso pulled into right field. Carpenter scored on Descalso’s triple and gave the Redbirds a 4-3 lead. Lance Lynn helped himself. Lynn lifted Wood’s first pitch into right center. LaHair caught the ball but Descalso tagged and scored the Cardinals’ fifth run. Wood retired Furcal and Jay on grounders to Darwin Barney to end the inning. Wood threw 41 pitches in first two innings, 23 for strikes.

The Cubs continued to work deep counts against Lynn in the second but the burley right-hander set down the Cubs in order in the second frame.

Travis Wood retired Matt Holliday on a pop out to center for the first out in the third. Allen Craig popped out to shallow left (1-1 pitch) for the second out … but Lance Berkman crushed a 1-1 pitch and added to the Cardinals lead. The third homer of the day served by Wood gave the Cardinals a 6-3 lead. Wood struck out Yadier Molina swinging to end the third … 57 pitches for Wood after three, 33 for strikes.

Starlin Castro led off the third with a triple to left center. Castro drove a 2-1 pitch that hit off the top of the wall. Jon Jay misplayed the ball and Castro ended up at third. Anthony Rizzo delivered a single to left (3-1 pitch) and Castro scampered home with the Cubs’ fourth run.

Alfonso Soriano reached down and pulled a 0-1 pitch to the well in left. Rizzo scored all the way from first and Soriano advanced to third on Furcal’s relay to the plate. Bryan LaHair popped out to shallow left for the first out. Soriano had to hold.

Geovany Soto ripped a 1-1 pitch into center and plated Soriano with the tying run. Darwin Barney rapped into a 6-3 double play … but the Cubs battled back and tied the game.

Matt Carpenter pulled Travis Wood’s first pitch of the fourth into the bleachers in right. The fourth straight inning the Cardinals took Wood deep. Wood retired Descalso on a pop out to short before walking Lance Lynn … another walk to the opposing pitcher by the Cubs’ staff. The free pass did not hurt Wood. Furcal popped out to left and Jay grounded out to short for the third out.

Four home runs off Wood in four innings and it took the lefty 74 pitches to complete four innings, 43 for strikes.

Luis Valbuena led off the Cubs’ fourth with a walk … the third time in four innings the Cubs put the leadoff hitter on against Lance Lynn. Valbuena broke for second on a 1-0 pitch to Wood. Wood let the ball go and Valbuena was out by a mile. Wood appeared to miss a sign as Valbuena looked back at the plate as he ran toward second. Wood struck out looking and DeJesus struck out swinging to end the inning.

Matt Holliday popped a 0-2 pitch to LaHair in shallow right to begin the fifth. Allen Craig stepped in and launched a 1-0 pitch into the bleachers in left … the fifth homer allowed by Wood in five innings. Lance Berkman flied out to right and Wood retired Molina on a flyout to right to end the inning … and his outing.

The Cubs did nothing against Lynn in the fifth … with a little help from a misplay then a recovery in center by Jon Jay that took away extra bases from Anthony Rizzo.

Jeff Beliveau made his Wrigley debut in the sixth. Matt Carpenter flied out left for the first out. Beliveau then walked Daniel Descalso. Tyler Greene and Rafael Furcal struck out swinging to end the inning. Beliveau tossed 18 pitches in the sixth, 12 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing against newly acquired Brian Fuentes in the sixth.

Manny Corpas plunked Jon Jay on his second pitch of the seventh. Jay took off for second on a 2-1 pitch to Holliday. Soto’s throw got past Barney, ended up in center and Jay advanced to third on Soto’s error. Holliday ripped a 3-1 pitch back up the middle that just missed hitting Corpas. Jay scored and the Cardinals took a 9-6 lead. Craig flied out to right for the first out. Lance Berkman popped out to Castro in shallow left and Molina flied out to center to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against lefty Barret Browning in the seventh.

James Russell struck out Matt Carpenter swinging (3-2 pitch) to start his outing. Daniel Descalso blooped a single into right. After Russell struck out pinch-hitter Skip Schumaker, Descalso stole second on the first pitch to Furcal. Russell ended up striking out Furcal (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Starlin Castro singled to left off Fernando Salas to start the eighth … the Cubs’ first hit since the third inning. Anthony Rizzo lined a 0-1 pitch to center for the first out. Rizzo got all of it just ripped the ball right to Jon Jay. Alfonso Soriano worked a walk and Mike Matheny went to his pen for lefty Marc Rzepczynski.

Instead of Bryan LaHair, Dale Sveum went with Reed Johnson. Johnson flied out to deep center for the second out. Castro advanced to third on the play. Geovany Soto flied out to center (2-1 pitch) to end the inning.

Shawn Camp ended up facing the minimum in the ninth after giving up a walk and a hit. Jon Jay walked to start the inning but he was leaning after a 1-0 pitch to Holliday. Camp picked off Jay from first base. Holliday ended up with his third hit of the game, a single to center. Allen Craig grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.

Jason Motte made his way to the hill in the ninth. Barney grounded out to Furcal for the first out. Luis Valbuena reached on a single to right but pinch-hitter Joe Mather could not check his swing on a 2-2 pitch. Valbuena took second on defensive indifference with DeJesus at the plate. DeJesus flied out to left six pitches later to end the game.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Congrats to Travis Wood and his record.

    They have been playing MLB a long time, and to set a new first is remarkable.

    Of course he was remarkably bad……

    • GaryLeeT

      The real record is the amount of innings a manager let his starting pitcher stink up the joint. I mean, they just had a day off, so there was no excuse to let that happen. I was hoping for a more tightly run game, after the Cards just embarrassed the hell out of the Cubs last week, with a series pounding.

  • Tony_Hall

    Grienke to the Angels
    The Angels have acquired Zack Greinke in a trade with the Brewers, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports (Twitter link). Milwaukee will receive top infield prospect Jean Segura and two Double-A pitchers in exchange for their ace. The two teams are just putting the “finishing touches” on the completed trade.

    • BosephHeyden

      The Brewers got a pretty good haul back: one of those Double A pitchers is supposedly going to be a pretty good setup guy/closer, while the other guy is probably going to be a fifth starter/long man in the pen. And oh yeah, Segura isn’t too shabby himself, and is guaranteed to start since the Brewers have tried filling their shortstop hole with a past-his-prime Caesar Izturis, who is probably one of the best guys you could have as a backup/mentor.

      And let’s not even forget: Greinke’s a rental. And the Angles just gave up three of their top 15 prospects for him. Even though Dempster isn’t really on Greinke’s level as far as name recognition goes, that’s close to the value the Cubs should be looking for.

      • Tony_Hall

        But it will be compared with to what they gave up, when history looks back at the cost, in prospects for having Grienke for a year and a half, just like if Garza is traded, we will do the same.

        “Still, the Brewers are undoubtedly disappointed to be moving their ace less than 20 months after acquiring him from the Royals for a major prospect haul that includedLorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar, Jake Odorizzi and Jeremy Jeffress, though they were able to recoup some of that minor league depth back in this deal.”

        • cubtex

          Thats what it is all about Tony. The Brewers got a year and a half out of Greinke. With this weak division you never know what will happen… the trade them for prospects that could pan out to be valuable. Anytime you can aquire a pitcher with control….no matter what the time…….it makes sense if you can make a good deal.

      • Tony_Hall

        Also, there is no way any team will pay as much as the Angels did for Grienke to trade for Dempster…no comparison in value.

  • Neil

    According to Jerry Crasnick, the Cubs and Dodgers are discussing a Ryan Dempster-for-Josh Lindblom deal.

    • Mike Simala


    • Mike Simala

      Would we make him a starter? Hes been good in the pen, but wasnt all that good as a starter in the minors.

      • cubsron10

        I officially hate Dempster, he has screwed the Cubs over and might have set the Cubs rebuilding efforts back.

        • paulcatanese

          Might have?

          • cubsron10

            Sorry, he probably did.

          • Tony_Hall

            When the trade deadline passes, we can than know for sure.

          • cubsron10

            I seriously hope that the Braves are still willing to make the trade and Dempster comes to his senses and agrees to go with them.

          • Ripsnorter1

            The word from the Braves = “We have moved on.”


          • Tony_Hall

            And teams never say things to reporters to strengthen their negotiating position…

          • paulcatanese

            Meant my comment as a compliment to you’re post, and agree with you.

        • Mike Simala


        • Dnuge44

          Fact is Dempster lied, now the Braves are on his list again, he is full of it ! lets face it he is a average pitcher at best & he will finish below .500 this year & who the hell wants a guy who has been on the DL 2 times this season !? I am just tired of this whole scene with him !

      • Neil

        I don’t think so, he’s a reliever and not one that appears to be a closer in the future.

        • Mike Simala

          yeah, read a report on him saying the Dodgers “could” still make him a starter. That was from the begining of this year though. I guess they Sharked him alot, starter reliever starter reliever, in the minors.

        • cubtex

          He was a closer at Purdue. We’ll see but I hope this doesn’t happen.

        • daverj

          Lindblom has quality stuff. I could actually see him as a closer or a top flight set-up guy. He was a closer in the minors last year.

          I’m not saying I want him for Dempster, but if given the choice, I prefer Lindblom to Withrow and Gould (and many other Dodger “prospects”).

          • Neil

            He does have good stuff, as you point out, maybe an eighth inning guy but right now he does not project as a big league closer.

    • cubtex

      Wow! A guy leading the NL in ERA for a minor league set up man? Hold onto him for a couple more days and see if some other team comes forward.

      • cubtex

        meant major league set up man. My bad!

      • Tony_Hall

        It is just a rumor…

        • cubtex

          yes I know. I am just commenting on that rumor

          • Tony_Hall

            RT @jcrasnick A second source says Lindblom as part of package to #Cubs is “completely unfounded.” So nothing new with Dempster. 6 minutes ago

    • Mike Simala

      A “second source” tells Crasnickthat Lindblom as part of a package to the Cubs is “completely unfounded.” per bleacher nation

  • Mike Simala

    Theo needs to get off the phone with the Dodgers completely. If Demp really is open to going other places, he needs to reopen the Atl offer and find others to bring to Demp. Tell him look, LAD wont give us sh!t for you, we tried. Now sign off on this trade elsewhere.

  • Mike Simala

    Phil Rogers
    From people I’ve spoken to with the Braves, there were two starting pitchers that they badly wanted — Ryan Dempster and Zack Greinke. It wouldn’t be surprising at all if Braves re-engaged the Cubs about the curious situation with Dempster before moving on to their third alternative, whoever that may be. The Braves believe Dempster has the stuff and the presence they need to hold onto the playoff spot that they let slip away down the stretch last season. Dempster’s initial blocking of the trade can easily be explained away if he is willing to go there. This could move fast if Frank Wren is willing to take another shot.

    • Tony_Hall

      I still believe he will end up in Atlanta. Sometimes players in this position, need some time to come to the right answer. Atlanta is the best spot for Demspter to spend the next 2 months for himself and for the Cubs.

      • cubtex

        One positive…….The Olympics are starting! Go USA!

        • paulcatanese

          Thats right, I’m sure you and you’re son are going to concentrate on track and field. Plus school stars soon.

          • cubtex

            Yep. Nothing like Olympic track! Son reports Aug 19th. He’s been training hard and looking forward to competing.

          • cubtex

            Paul…..Look for Leo Manzano running the 1500 for USA later in the games. He grew up right outside Austin. He has been a mentor to my son and daughter. We see him running all the time around townlake. Leo is 5’6 and about 125 and he has the heart of a lion! He won the Olympic trials in the 1500 and has a great shot more a medal. Others to watch Nick Symonds 800M Sanya Richards Ross(another former Longhorn) in the 400. Allyson Felix 200. And of course the Tyson Gay…..Ussain Bolt matchup. Should be awesome entertainment.

      • Dnuge44

        I do agree with you and I sure as hell hope you are right.

  • Neil

    Gotta love this … an update from Crasnick: A second source says Lindblom as part of package to Cubs is “completely unfounded.” So nothing new with Dempster.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Once the trade deadline expires and Team Theo hasn’t made any deals, they will then be forced to make some kind of a decision on Ryan Dempster.

    I think the best way to handle him is to go to a 4 man rotation, and put him on a 250 pitch limit. He didn’t want to come out of his last start, so keep him in there. I wonder what effect that might have on his ERA, WHIP and other stats.

  • paulcatanese

    Let me try to get this in perspective.
    If the Cubs cannot move the three, Demster,Garza and Maholm,
    either for a poor return or injury, or refusal to go to a club, what happens to the rebuilding effort?
    Johnson or Baker will not bring a high return, and Soto, a so,so
    return. And although Soriono is playing very well, the contract is in the way.
    This means that the rebuilding effort is pushed off another year, so now the Cubs have to wait till 2013 to start this process all over again.
    Take into account development of young players, 2014 is shot and maybe 2015 and 2016 as well before they become competetive.
    At this rate, the option of going to free agents may be forced upon the Cubs, and I mean by the end of this year and next,
    to become competetive.
    Fans were disappointed in 2011,now 2012 and are asked to be patient, 2016 goes a long way in taxing someones patience.
    The turning point in this whole scenerio was the Atlanta move
    falling apart, the rest is following.
    This is not a knock on the efforts of Theo and Hoyer, I think
    they had a valient move with that one. Not their fault it may not happen. It would have been a great move (still may) but if it dosent, well…..

    • anthony

      Javy Baez sure is exciting to watch right now!

    • Aaron

      Well said on all points.

    • SuzyS

      Paul, I’m as disappointed and upset about Dempster and Garza’s inopportune injury as anyone else.
      We probably lose on Dempster…(I’ll wait until the actual deadline passes to call it a loss).
      As for the rest of it…I’m not so sure we lose another year.
      Garza has always been a trade ONLY IF THE CUBS FO gets the return they want.
      The other trade chips, I don’t see a great return on…and we might be better off keeping Maholm…(somebody has to pitch next year), Trades can happen in the offseason as well…So, IMHO, we don’t lose a rebuilding year with the possible exception of Dempster.

      • Theboardrider

        I agree we should keep Maholm. He’s a solid 3-4, and cheap. With he, Wood and Shark, we only need 2 guys at the type. “Only,” sorry I realize that is easier said than done. If we could hold on to Garza we’d have our #2. Then we’d just need to make a run in the offseason at a true number 1. Probably not this offseason as we’re not truly competitive, but if we were to sign a Grienke type…who knows? Who are the top free agent pitchers in 2013?

  • Tony_Hall

    Tom Verducci broke down the SP market (prior to the Grienke deal)

    Interesting the 3 Cubs and the groups he put them into.

  • Tom U

    Matt Szczur batting lead-off in centerfield for Tennessee