A Rain-Delayed Shutout – Cubs 0, Pirates 3

Game One Hundred Forty-Seven – Cubs 0, Pirates 3
WP – Kevin Correia (11-9) LP – Travis Wood (6-12) Save – Joel Hanrahan (36)

In one of the latest starts at Wrigley Field, the Cubs were shutout in the finale of the four-game series to the Pirates. Rain delayed the start of Monday night’s game for three hours and 37 minutes. Travis Wood threw the first pitch at 10:42pm CDT … the latest start time at Wrigley since July 26, 2005. Greg Maddux’s 3000-strikeout game began at 9:48pm CDT.

The Cubs split the four-game wraparound series with the Bucs and finished with an 8-8 record in the season series with the Pirates.

There were a lot of early swings and misses by both teams for obvious reasons and the game took only two hours and 46 minutes to complete. The two teams struck out a combined 23 times and the Cubs managed just two Darwin Barney singles. Darwin Barney extended his hitting streak to a career-high 12 games, the longest hitting streak by a Cub this season. Kevin Correia did a good job of pounding the zone (86 pitches, 58 for strikes) and faced just one over the minimum in his seven innings of work. Only two different Cubs reached base on Monday night-Tuesday morning against Kevin Correia. The Cubs offense managed four baserunners over nine innings (0-for-2 with RISP and two runners left on base).

Darwin Barney (2-for-3) not only extended his hitting streak to 12 games but he did not commit an error for the 132nd straight game.

Travis Wood did not pitch badly Monday night-Tuesday morning. Wood threw strikes and set a new career-high with nine strikeouts. Wood struck out the side in the fourth but labored through a long, 36-pitch third inning that was the difference in the game. Wood retired the first six batters he faced before hitting Clint Barmes with a 1-2 pitch to start the third and the inning quickly got away from him. Starling Marte tripled in two runs and Jose Tabata doubled in the third. Wood allowed three of his four hits in a four-batter span in the third inning.

Travis Wood allowed three runs on four hits with a walk, two hit batsmen and nine strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Wood tossed 116 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Michael Bowden surrendered a hit and a walk in his 1 1/3 innings. Manny Corpas retired three of the four batters he faced in the eighth and Rafael Dolis struck out the side swinging in the ninth.

The Cubs struck out a season-high 15 batters on Monday night-Tuesday morning.

The Cubs dropped to 58-89 on the season with Monday-Tuesday’s loss …

Travis Wood retired the side in order on 18 pitches, 11 for strikes, in the first inning.

The Cubs did nothing in the first. Kevin Correia struck out the side on 15 pitches, 11 for strikes.

Travis Wood set down the Pirates in order in the second inning. Wood threw 35 pitches in the first two innings, 20 for strikes.

Kevin Correia struck out Alfonso Soriano swinging to start the second, fourth strikeout in a row for Correia. Starlin Castro rolled out to third and Welington Castillo grounded out to second for the third out. Correia threw 23 pitches over two innings, 16 for strikes.

Travis Wood struggled through a long, 36-pitch third inning. Wood plunked Clint Barmes on a 1-2 pitch to start the inning and it all went downhill from there. Brock Holt followed with a single to center on a 3-2 pitch. Barmes was running with the pitch and made it easily to third. Kevin Correia looked at a 1-2 pitch for the first out.

Starling Marte pulled Wood’s first pitch into the left field corner. Barmes and Holt scored on Marte’s third triple in as many games … and just like that, Wood went from cruising to down by two runs. Jose Tabata drove a 3-2 pitch over Brett Jackson’s head in center. The ball hit off the base of the vines, Marte scored and Tabata ended up at second with a long double. Wood intentionally walked Andrew McCutchen.

Gaby Sanchez popped out to Rizzo for the second out. With runners on first and second with two down, Pedro Alvarez struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning … 71 pitches for Wood after three, 39 for strikes.

Brett Jackson led off the third with a walk. Darwin Barney singled to right (1-1 pitch) for the Cubs first hit. Barney extended his hitting streak to 12 games. With runners on first and second with no outs, Travis Wood did not square to bunt. Wood swung and missed at a 3-1 pitch then grounded the 3-2 offering back up the middle. Clint Barmes fielded, stepped on the bag and threw to first to complete the 6-3 double play. With Jackson at third, David DeJesus swung at the first pitch and grounded out to Gaby Sanchez to end the inning. Correia needed only 39 pitches to complete three innings of work, 24 for strikes.

Travis Wood struck out the side in order in the fourth … seven strikeouts for Wood after four innings. Wood threw 83 pitches in four innings, 49 for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing in the fourth … 52 pitches for Correia after four, 33 for strikes.

After four complete, the Cubs trailed 3-0 and were being outhit 3-1 … and the two teams combined on 13 strikeouts (seven for the Pirates, five for the Cubs).

Travis Wood struck out Kevin Correia for the first out in the fifth. Wood tied a career-high with his eighth strikeout, the fourth time in his career that Wood struck out eight in a single game. Wood retired Marte (groundout to first) and Tabata (flyout to right center) to end the inning. Wood threw 99 pitches, 57 for strikes, over five innings.

The clock struck midnight shortly after David DeJesus hauled in Tabata’s routine fly to end the top of the fifth inning.

The Cubs did nothing in the fifth … 65 pitches for Correia after five, 42 for strikes.

Travis Wood stayed in and started the sixth by plunking Andrew McCutchen with his first pitch. Gaby Sanchez popped a 2-0 pitch up to Darwin Barney for the first out. Wood then struck out Pedro Alvarez swinging (2-2 pitch) for out number two … Wood set a new career-high with his ninth strikeout of the night. Wood jumped ahead of Michael McKenry 0-2 but could not put away the Pirates’ catcher. McKenry ripped a 3-2 pitch into right. McCutchen advanced to third and Dale Sveum made his way out of the dugout.

Michael Bowden came in as part of a double-switch with Dave Sappelt, who took over in right with David DeJesus moving to centerfield. With runners on first and third with two down, Bowden walked Clint Barmes and loaded the bases. Brock Holt grounded out to Barney (2-1 pitch) to end the inning.

Darwin Barney led off the sixth with the Cubs’ second hit of the game, a bloop single to right center. Dave Sappelt fouled out to first and David DeJesus rapped into the Cubs’ second 6-3 double play of the game. Correia threw 73 pitches, 48 for strikes, in six innings and faced only one over the minimum.

After six complete, the Cubs trailed 3-0 and were being outhit 4-2.

Michael Bowden stayed in and pitched the seventh inning. Bowden struck out Correia and retired Marte on a pop out to Castro. Jose Tabata reached on a two-out single to center but Bowden struck out Andrew McCutchen swinging to end the inning … at 12:45am CDT.

The Cubs did nothing against Kevin Correia in the seventh … 86 pitches for Correia, 58 for strikes.

Manny Corpas started the eighth and made quick work of Gaby Sanchez (flyout to right) and Pedro Alvarez (groundout to second) but he issued a two-out walk to Michael McKenry. Clint Barmes struck out swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing against Jason Grilli in the eighth.

Rafael Dolis set down the side in order in the ninth. Dolis struck out the side swinging on 13 pitches, nine for strikes.

Joel Hanrahan retired Darwin Barney (groundout to second) and Dave Sappelt (groundout to short) to start the ninth. David DeJesus worked a two-out walk and took second on the first pitch to Luis Valbuena. Hanrahan struck out Valbuena swinging (1-2 pitch) to end the game … at 1:26am CDT.

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The Cubs open a three-game series with the Reds on Tuesday night … Justin Germano is scheduled to face Homer Bailey.

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  • paulcatanese

    What a game to have to post on Neil. That had to keep you up a while.
    Probably would have not been played at all if the Pirates were not in the hunt.

  • paulcatanese

    Reading the previous post on what Sveum had to say on a radio broadcast involving Jacksons swing. (I did not hear the broadcast) , I would have to say he is correct, it should have been addressed earlier in Jacksons career,as well as Vitters,
    Campana and just about any left handed hitter that has been brought up.(that started in the system). Yet Castillo and Sappelt
    have had some success.
    Anyway, the point here would be even though Sveum may be right in what he said, but it’s kind of leaving the barn door open,
    what happened to the statement that Sveum made in spring training that proclaimed that Jackson could be up now?
    Not good PR, praise you’re guy in the spring, and tell the world that he’s not ready now, and is a product of the Cubs system,
    Kind of a back handed way of saying “this is why we are re-building”.
    And while I agree that hitting instruction has been very lax,
    it could have been handled better by Sveum (if in fact what he said is correct,and as I said, I did not hear it).

    • John_CC

      Have you ever listened to Sveum’s comments? Better yet, have you watched him while he talks? It is clear that he does not relish the aspect of being an ML manager that makes him speak daily to the media. But he does it. I think he just says what he is thinking, he appears to be a really honest schmoe. That often gets managers in trouble.

      In the spring when Sveum said Jackson was one of the best prospects he’d
      ever seen? Whatever, Hope Springs Eternal right, especially in spring
      training. Coaches, managers, GMs and owners all say things in the spring
      that we all know aren’t necessarily the truth. So what.

      My point is, I don’t think he making any sort of “back-handed” comment about the system or previous coaching or any of that. He is just pointing out now, after watching Jackson at the ML level – which is a helluva lot different than ST – that his swing is a giant hole, something that everyone already knows with the K rate that he carries with him.

      • paulcatanese

        That like on you’re post was mine, as I agree with you. But it does serve to point out the failure of the previous regime, whether intentional or not.
        I have heard very few comments from Sveum on the air, all I get on the west coast is WGN, not Comcast.
        In fact, I don’t know if Sveum had talked to Jackson beforehand or not,Sveum is under no obligation to do so anyway.
        At any rate, I believe Jackson is destined to be in AAA at Iowa again, this time until his problems are
        minimized.

        • John_CC

          I’m with you Paul

      • cc002600

        good luck trying to change a guy’s swing at this level after he has been swinging a certain way his whole life.

        I think they are going to mess him up worse….

        he is what he is

        I think its clear that Jackson will never be a star, at best he will be a decent player.

        • John_CC

          He is only 23. All hitters tweak their swings, make mechanical adjustments, etc.

          If Jackson cannot, he will never make it. The K’s are simply too great.

  • paulcatanese

    Barney and his errorless streak, wow, great.
    Now he has a 12 game hitting streak, only 44 more games to tie
    Dimaggio and 45 to break it.
    Why not?