Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Marlins – 04/27/13

Game Twenty-Three: Cubs (8-14) vs. Marlins (5-18)

  • Game Time – 6:10pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet Plus – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 187/844
  • Location – Marlins Park, Miami

Travis Wood (1-1, 2.08/1.04) vs. Alex Sanabia (2-2, 5.09/1.74)

After giving away the first four games on the current 10-game road trip, the Cubs have won three of four, including two straight, and will shoot for three in a row tonight behind Travis Wood.

The Cubs have taken advantage of Marlins’ pitching over the last two games and have hit four home runs which have accounted for six of their eight runs. The other two runs came as a result of three doubles so the slugging percentage that Dale Sveum preaches about has been there over the last two games.

With Friday’s game being decided by two runs, the Cubs have set a new franchise record with 19 of the 22 games this season being decided by three runs or less. This year’s team also set a new mark for the most players to make their big league debut (14) in a single month in 98 years.

Anthony Rizzo enters play this afternoon two short of the Cubs’ All-Time record for the most home runs in April. Alfonso Soriano holds the record after hitting 10 just two short seasons ago (2011). After launching two on Friday, Rizzo is tied with Derrek Lee (2008), Sammy Sosa (2000, 2002) and Lee Walls (1958) as the only four players in team history that have hit eight home runs in April.

A win tonight would give the Cubs a chance at a .500 road trip … and it all starts with Travis Wood.

Travis Wood is off to a good start to the season. Wood has made four starts, completed at least six innings in each of his outings and has four quality starts to show for his efforts. Wood has held three pretty good offenses in check over his last three games (Reds, Rangers and Brewers) and must remain focused tonight against the Fish. Wood will lose focus from time to time, especially against the bottom of lineups.

Wood is coming off an excellent outing against the Reds in which he allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Wood served up his first longball of the season to Jay Bruce in the seventh inning. Wood left with the Cubs up 2-1 in the seventh before Jack Hannahan tripled home the tying run.

In 26 innings this season Wood has allowed just 17 hits with 10 walks while striking out 18 batters.

Travis Wood makes his third career start against the Marlins tonight in search of his first victory. The Marlins have punished Wood the two times he’s faced them. And one of his worst starts last season came against Miami at Wrigley Field. Wood is 0-2 with a 16.88 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP … tonight will be his first start at Marlins’ Park.

Marlins Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Austin Kearns – 2-for-5
  • Placido Polanco – 1-for-3
  • Justin Ruggiano – 0-for-2
  • Giancarlo Stanton – 1-for-3 with a double

Alex Sanabia is also coming off an outing against the Reds. Sanabia dropped his second game of the season after allowing five runs on six hits with five walks and three strikeouts over six innings. Sanabia has really struggled with his command this season. In four starts, 23 innings, Sanabia has walked more batters (14) than he has struck out (11) while allowing 26 hits. The Cubs must make him work tonight. He will give them opportunities to score runs … if they are willing to take them.

The Cubs will face Alex Sanabia for just the second time. Mike Quade’s team beat Sanabia 2-0 in Florida back on September 17, 2010. Sanabia allowed two runs on four hits with three walks and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Ryan Dempster picked up his 14th win while Carlos Marmol earned his 32nd save with Geovany Soto and Alfonso Soriano delivering the two RBI.

Starlin Castro (0-for-3) and Alfonso Soriano (1-for-2 with a double) are the only two Cubs on the active roster that has faced Alex Sanabia in a big league ballgame.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

    Startin’ to come together.

    • BosephHeyden

      I would like to see them beat someone that isn’t the worst team in baseball before I declare their lineup woes fixed.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Raymond-Robert-Koenig/1295439291 Raymond Robert Koenig

        Sorry, just stealing a line from “Major League”.

        • Tony_Hall

          I think most people got it.

      • gary3411

        They had toughest schedule in baseball before the Fish series.

  • John_CC

    Neil, when Soriano hit 10 April homers feels like an eternity! I appreciate your optimistic “two short seasons” ago.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Will there’s Stanton’s first homer of the season

    • John

      Has that ball come down yet?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Nice catch by Soriano

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Somebody woke up Stanton. He just showed off his arm and nearly threw out Valbuena at second.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Wood with a 4-pitch walk to the pitcher

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with another good at bat. Started 0-2, worked a walk.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    What a grab by Schierholtz

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    DeJesus delivers with a two-out RBI single. Excellent at bat from Borbon to set it up

  • John_CC

    And Wood is in line for a W…so far…

  • John_CC

    Leadoff walk. Against that guy? The second called ball was a strike on gamecast .

    • BamaCubsFan

      There have been a lot of pitches that looked like strikes on gamecast tonight called balls.

  • John_CC

    Who’s up in the pen to pitch the 8th, Neil?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Russell, I think.

      • John_CC

        Good. Gregg for the save? I hate this.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          Gregg is warming. Still do not like those words in the same sentence.

          • BamaCubsFan

            I don’t like it either, but at this point it seems like the best option.

  • John_CC

    Why in hell is Schierholtz trying to steal with 2 outs? That was a huge insurance run.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      For what it is worth, I would have tried it as well.

      • John_CC

        What do I know? Welli is just swinging such a hot bat. And another hit.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          As you mentioned, if Schierholtz had been successful that would have given Castillo a chance at driving him in. With a team struggling to score runs, I don’t have a problem with that move leading late in the game.

    • gary3411

      I was listening to radio. Moreland called he was going to be running as well.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with a great play … diving stop, backhanded to Barney to end the inning

    • EqDoc

      We might have received a gift on that Call…

      • EqDoc

        Nope on second look, he was out!

  • John_CC

    This would be good time for Harriston to hit his first homer…or just hit something!

    • triple

      Hairston actually has already hit a HR this year.

  • RynoTiger

    I just don’t like Barney’s swing. too much uppercut. not right for his skill set and ability.

  • BosephHeyden

    Just watching the Marlins, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a group of people that want to be where they are any less than these guys. Can’t say I blame them, since most were expecting to be on a super-team a year ago.

  • Ripsnorter1

    HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE NEWS!

    Cubs lost out on Justin Germano. He just got called up by the Toronto Blue Jays. Aaron Laffey DFA’d.

    Horrible news for Blue Jay fans.

  • Tony_Hall

    And in relevant info, the Cubs win again.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs beat the Marlins 3-2 on Saturday night – Travis Wood: 2R, 3H (2 HR), 1BB, 5K in 6IP (91 pitches, 62 strikes) … DeJesus: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R; Schierholtz: 1-3, 2B, R, BB; Castillo: 2-4, R; Valbuena: 2-4, 2B, RBI

  • http://www.facebook.com/tintin.rex.73 TinTin Rex

    Wow! Thank You Fish!!!

  • gary3411

    Going into this series, the Cubs had the toughest schedule in MLB. Nice to play a cupcake every once in a while.

    • gary3411

      They have still only dropped to 3rd now and from the looks of it, May seems pretty tough as well. Worst team is Padres and they have a good good looking lineup now with Headley and Quentin back. I wouldn’t say scary, but they’re going to surprise some people from here out if they get decent pitching.