Game One Hundred Seven – Cubs 0, Padres 2
WP – Eric Stults (2-2) LP – Travis Wood (4-8) Save – Huston Street (19)
The Cubs’ skid reached six games Monday night in San Diego. Travis Wood kept his team in the game but the offense was non-existent for the third time in the first four games on the road trip. The Cubs have scored eight runs (six on Sunday) over the last four games.
The Cubs managed only five hits, two walks and put two runners on base at the same time twice (first and sixth innings) on the night. Welington Castillo (2-for-4) and Alfonso Soriano (1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base) reached base twice but the “kids” had a rough night. Anthony Rizzo (0-for-4), Josh Vitters (0-for-4 with four left on base) and Brett Jackson (0-for-4 with four strikeouts) went hitless while Starlin Castro (0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base) continued his slump. Jackson earned his first golden sombrero but did see 24 pitches in his four at bats.
The Cubs had a chance to tie the game in the sixth. After Alfonso Soriano singled, Starlin Castro walked and a double steal put runners on second and third with two down, Josh Vitters grounded out to second to end the inning. The Cubs did not put a runner on base after the sixth inning and finished the game 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.
Travis Wood notched a quality start despite struggling with his command early in the game. The Cubs’ defense picked him up several times with the two runs he allowed scoring on four hits (two doubles) in the fourth inning. Wood allowed two runs on five hits with three walks and three strikeouts in six innings. Wood threw 96 pitches, only 52 for strikes, and lost his fifth straight start.
Manny Corpas tossed a scoreless seventh and Carlos Marmol put together a perfect eighth. Marmol needed only 10 pitches to record three outs.
While the “kids” did not hit, they were solid in the field. Josh Vitters made an excellent diving stop to take away extra bases from Cameron Maybin in the sixth.
With Monday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 43-64 on the season … Brett Jackson struck out swinging (2-2 count, seventh pitch) to start the game. Darwin Barney fell behind 0-2 then pulled a 3-2 pitch off the base of the wall in left. Barney ended up at second with a one-out double. Anthony Rizzo grounded out to second (0-2 pitch). Alfonso Soriano walked and runners were on first and third with two down for Starlin Castro. Castro struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the inning. Eric Stults threw 28 pitches in the first, 18 for strikes.
The Cubs defense helped bail Travis Wood out of a shaky first inning. Wood threw 16 pitches in the opening frame, only six in the strike zone. Wood walked Chris Denorfia to begin his outing then fell behind Logan Forsythe 2-0. Forsythe hit a liner to the left of Castro. Castro snared and threw to Rizzo to double off Denorfia. Chase Headley pulled a 2-0 pitch past a diving Josh Vitters into left. Wood’s first pitch to Carlos Quentin got away from Welington Castillo. Headley advanced to second but was stranded when Quentin smashed a 2-0 pitch toward Barney in the shift. Darwin Barney knocked the ball down and threw out Quentin to end the inning.
Welington Castillo ripped a 1-1 pitch into left to start the second. Josh Vitters struck out swinging (1-2 pitch) and Joe Mather flied out to left center. Travis Wood fouled out to Yonder Alonso for the third out. Stults needed 41 pitches, 28 strikes, to get through two innings.
Travis Wood set down the side in order in the second. Wood threw 30 pitches in the first two innings, 13 for strikes.
Brett Jackson struck out swinging (3-2 count, seventh pitch) to begin the third. Stults needed only nine pitches to record three outs in the third after Barney flied out to right center on the first pitch and Anthony Rizzo flied out to deep center on the first pitch to end the frame … 50 pitches for Stults after three, 34 for strikes.
Travis Wood jumped ahead of Eddy Rodriguez 1-2 but lost him and issued his second free pass of the night to start the third. Eric Stults bunted Wood’s first offering up the third baseline. Josh Vitters made an ill-advised play. Vitters had plenty of time but still picked the ball up with his barehand. Vitters got the out and that’s all that matters. Denorfia grounded out to second; Rodriguez advanced to third but was stranded when Forsythe flied out to right. Wood threw 48 pitches, 24 for strikes, in three innings of work.
Alfonso Soriano (flyout to center) and Starlin Castro (pop out to shallow right) made two quick, routine outs to begin the fourth. Welington Castillo ripped a 0-2 pitch into center for a two-out single but Josh Vitters flied out to right (1-0 pitch) to end the inning. Stults threw 60 pitches, 41 for strikes, over four innings.
The Padres finally got to Wood in the fourth. Wood continued struggling and the Padres teed off the second time through the lineup. Chase Headley grounded out to short (0-2 pitch) to begin the fourth. Carlos Quentin drove a 1-0 pitch to deep right center. Quentin ended up a second with a one-out double. Yonder Alonso ripped Wood’s first pitch into center. Brett Jackson charged the ball and made a strong throw toward the plate. Rizzo cut the ball off and Quentin scored the first run of the game. Wood jumped ahead of Cameron Maybin 0-2 but could not put him away. Maybin launched a 3-2 pitch to the corner in left. Alonso held at third on Maybin’s one-out double.
With runners on second and third and only one out, Sveum brought his infield in. Everth Cabrera hit a 1-1 pitch back up the middle just out of the reach Wood and a diving Darwin Barney. Alonso scored, 2-0 Padres. Wood struck out Eddy Rodriquez swinging for the second out. With runners on first and third with two outs, Eric Stults popped out to third to end the inning. The Padres scored two runs on four hits in the fourth … and Travis Wood threw 75 pitches, 45 for strikes, over the first four innings.
Travis Wood reached on a one-out single to center in the fifth. After Brett Jackson struck out swinging on three pitches, Darwin Barney lined out to third on Stults’ 69th pitch of the night (49 for strikes) to end the inning.
Travis Wood retired the side in order in the fifth … 85 pitches for Wood after five, 49 for strikes.
After five, the Cubs trailed 2-0.
Anthony Rizzo grounded out to first (1-2 pitch) to begin the sixth. Alfonso Soriano hit a sinking liner into right on Stults’ first pitch. The ball fell in front of Denorfia for the Cubs’ fifth hit. Eric Stults’ 1-0 offering to Castro was in the dirt. Soriano read the play perfectly and advanced to second on the wild pitch. Castro took ball four and Bud Black went to his pen for right-hander Brad Brach.
With runners on first and second and one down, Welington Castillo popped out to Logan Forsythe in shallow right for the second out. Alfonso Soriano and Starlin Castro pulled off a double steal on a 2-0 offering to Vitters. Brach missed and Vitters was ahead 3-0. With the tying runs in scoring position, Josh Vitters grounded out to second (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.
Brett Jackson and Josh Vitters made the plays behind Travis Wood in the sixth. Wood issued a four-pitch walk to Carlos Quentin to start the sixth. Yonder Alonso hit a deep fly to center that Jackson hauled in for the first out. Wood fell behind Maybin 2-0 before the Padres’ centerfielder hit a chopper down the third baseline. Josh Vitters dove toward the line, caught the ball, got to his feet quickly and made a strong throw to Rizzo just ahead of the speedy Maybin. Everth Cabrera flied out to Jackson in center for the third out.
The Cubs did nothing against Dale Thayer in the seventh … Brett Jackson struck out swinging on the seventh pitch of the at bat (3-2 pitch) to end the inning.
Manny Corpas caught Eddy Rodriguez looking for the first out of the seventh inning. Alexi Amarista hit for Thayer and launched a 0-1 pitch over Jackson’s head in center. The ball hit on the track and hopped over the wall for a ground rule double. Denorfia grounded out to first, Amarista advanced to third but Forsythe flied out to deep left center for the third out.
The Cubs did nothing against Luke Gregerson in the eighth.
Carlos Marmol set down the side in order in the eighth on 10 pitches, six for strikes.
The Cubs did nothing against Huston Street in the ninth … and allowed the Padres’ closer to throw only nine pitches to close out the game.
Brooks Raley is scheduled to make his big league debut against Ross Ohlendorf on Tuesday night.
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