Game Ninety-Eight – Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 10
WP – Patrick Corbin (12-1) LP – Travis Wood (6-7) Save – None
The Cubs took a 1-0 lead into the fifth inning before the Diamondbacks turned on the offense and knocked Travis Wood out of the game with two outs in the sixth inning. Arizona scored three runs in the sixth then broke the game open in the seventh and cruised to a victory. Arizona scored three runs in each of their final three at bats.
Travis Wood failed to record a quality start for the second straight outing and really struggled for the first time this year. Wood retired the first nine batters he faced with seven groundball outs and looked very sharp the first time through the lineup. Martin Prado tied the game at one in the fifth with a long home run off Wood then he labored through a 36-pitch sixth inning in which he only recorded two outs.
Travis Wood allowed the most runs he had in a single game since May 25 in Cincinnati and took the loss. Wood gave up four runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Wood threw 108 pitches, 68 for strikes.
The Diamondbacks really abused the Cubs’ pen for the second time this season. Hector Rondon gave up three runs on three hits with two walks in two-thirds of an inning and Michael Bowden allowed three runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout in 1 1/3 innings. Cubs’ pitching allowed 10 runs on 14 hits with five walks and only three strikeouts.
For as bad as the pitching staff was on Tuesday night, the offense was worse. The Cubs struggles with runners on base continued. The Cubs were a miserable 1-for-9 with RISP on Tuesday and left nine men on base.
Junior Lake (3-for-5 with a home run) had another excellent game at the plate. Lake collected three of the Cubs’ seven hits and hit his second home run in as many days in the ninth inning. Lake has 12 hits in his first five games, the most hits for a player in a Cubs’ uniform over his first five games since 1916.
Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a RBI and a walk) drove in Travis Wood (1-for-2 with a run scored) with the game’s first run in the third inning. Nate Schierholtz (1-for-1 with a home run and two RBI) hit for Cole Gillespie in the eighth and hit his first longball since June 25.
Alfonso Soriano (0-for-3 with a run scored and two walks) and Cody Ransom (0-for-4) were a combined 0-for-7 with two walks, five strikeouts and 10 men left on base.
Dale Sveum was ejected from the game after the top of the third inning for arguing balls and strikes. Homeplate umpire Dana DeMuth had a bad game behind the plate and a very animated Sveum was shown the door early on before the game turned ugly.
With Tuesday’s loss, the Cubs dropped back to 10 games under .500 with a 44-54 record …
Travis Wood led off the third inning with a single to left center off of Patrick Corbin. After Junior Lake struck out swinging, Starlin Castro walked and put runners on first and second with one out. Anthony Rizzo ripped a 1-1 pitch back up the middle and into centerfield. Wood scored, 1-0 Cubs. Alfonso Soriano looked at a questionable 3-2 pitch for out number two and Cody Ransom was called out on strikes on a 3-2 pitch.
After the inning, Dale Sveum voiced his displeasure with homeplate umpire Dana DeMuth. In Sveum’s defense, DeMuth’s bad night calling balls and strikes had just started. Sveum argued balls and strikes, was warned and then tossed from the game. Sveum was very animated during his discussion with DeMuth then smiled as he left the field.
Travis Wood retired the bottom of the D-Backs lineup in order to end the third inning … and after three complete, the Cubs led 1-0. Wood needed 37 pitches, 26 for strikes, to complete three innings on Tuesday night.
After the Cubs went down in order on six pitches in the fourth, Adam Eaton led off the fourth with the D-Backs first hit … a liner off Rizzo’s glove. Wood then picked off Eaton from first and retired Pollock but Goldschmidt singled to right with two outs. Wood struck out Cody Ross swinging to end the inning … 54 pitches for Wood after four, 36 for strikes.
The Cubs wasted a golden opportunity to add to their lead in the fifth. Junior Lake reached on a one out single to left. After Castro flied out to deep right center, Rizzo walked. A 2-2 pitch to Soriano skipped past Wil Nieves. Both Lake and Rizzo moved up ninety feet. Soriano walked to load the bases with two down. Cody Ransom lined Patrick Corbin’s first pitch to Didi Gregorius to end the inning.
After five at bats, the Cubs were 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.
Martin Prado tied the game with one out in the fifth. Prado hit a solo homer off Wood that left Chase Field in a hurry. It was a no-doubter … Soriano did not move. Wood retired Nieves following the blast but gave up an infield single to Gregorius with two outs. Corbin grounded out to short for the third out. Wood threw 72 pitches, 48 for strikes, over the first five innings.
After five, the game was tied at one.
The Diamondbacks took the lead for good on Tuesday night in the sixth inning. After Patrick Corbin retired the side in order in the top of the inning, Travis Wood did not get the call on a 2-2 pitch to Adam Eaton. The next pitch from Wood ended up in centerfield and the missed call by Dana DeMuth changed the course of the inning.
Kirk Gibson called for a hit and run on a 1-1 pitch to A.J. Pollock. With Eaton on the move, Pollock ripped a double down the left field line. Eaton scored easily, 2-1 Arizona. Wood walked Goldschmidt. Cody Ross rapped into a 6-4-3 double play. Pollock held at third with one down.
Eric Chavez lifted a 1-1 pitch to deep left center. Lake got too close to the wall. The ball hit off the wall and rolled back past him. Pollock scored easily on a triple by Eric Chavez. Wood walked Martin Prado. Wil Nieves ended Wood’s night with a single to left. Chavez scored, 4-1 Diamondbacks. Wood threw 36 pitches and recorded only two outs in the sixth. Jamie Quirk went to his pen and brought in Matt Guerrier to face Gregorius with two on and two down. Gregorius grounded out to third for the final out.
The Diamondbacks added on in the seventh against Hector Rondon. Jason Kubel hit for Heath Bell and doubled off the wall in right center to start the inning. Rondon walked Eaton. Pollock flied out to deep center. Both Kubel and Eaton tagged and advanced ninety feet on the play. Rondon intentionally walked Goldschmidt to load the bases.
Cody Ross popped a 3-1 pitch into shallow left center. Soriano raced in and caught the ball. The runners held. But Eric Chavez ripped a 1-2 pitch into left center. Kubel and Eaton scored, 6-1 Arizona. With runners on first and third with two outs, Martin Prado singled to center off Castro’s glove. Goldschmidt scored, 7-1 D-Backs and Jamie Quirk had to replace Rondon with Michael Bowden. Nieves tapped back to the mound to end the inning.
Nate Schierholtz hit for Gillespie with two down in the eighth and Soriano on first. Schierholtz launched a 2-1 pitch from David Hernandez over the wall in right center. Schierholtz’s 12th longball of the season cut the D-Backs lead to 7-3. But the Cubs could not manage another run and the D-Backs put together their third straight three-run inning in the bottom of the inning.
Michael Bowden gave up run scoring hits to A.J. Pollock (triple) and Paul Goldschmidt (double) in the eighth. Arizona scored three more times and took a 10-3 lead into the ninth.
Junior Lake provided another highlight. Lake hit his second homer in as many days … a long homer to left off Tony Sipp that capped the scoring on the night. Alfonso Soriano ended his rough night by striking out swinging to end the game.
Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Ian Kennedy on Wednesday night.