Cubs Do Not Get Good Wood – Cubs 2, Dodgers 6

Game One Hundred Nine – Cubs 2, Dodgers 6

WP – Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3) LP –Travis Wood (7-8) Save – None

Friday afternoon was a struggle from the beginning and the Cubs lost what ended up being a long, ugly ballgame.

The Cubs played a bad game. There were several misplayed balls in the outfield that led to Dodgers’ runs. Two mistakes by Anthony Rizzo in the fifth led to the Dodgers’ sixth run and Cubs’ pitching issued six walks and hit a batter. The Cubs outhit the Dodgers 14-9 but managed only two runs and went 3-for-14 with runners in scoring position and left ten men on base. And to add insult to bad baseball, Julio Borbon was thrown out at third in the ninth inning trying to advance to third with his team down by four runs.

Travis Wood had an afternoon he would soon like to forget. Wood could not complete four innings on Friday and struggled mightily throughout his shortest outing of the season. Wood had zero command and missed his spots consistently by a wide margin. Wood gave up a single run in the first but it was the two-run, third inning that did him in on Friday. Wood labored through a 41-pitch third inning and walked four batters in a row that led to another Dodger run. Wood turned the game over to the pen with one out in the fourth inning.

Travis Wood allowed five runs on seven hits with a season-high five walks and two strikeouts. Wood threw 96 pitches, 58 for strikes, in 3 1/3 innings.

Michael Bowden allowed an inherited run to score in the fourth. Eduardo Sanchez pitched better than his final line. Sanchez gave up a run on two hits in two innings. James Russell, Blake Parker and Pedro Strop kept the Dodgers off the board over the last three innings of the game.

The Cubs’ staff really helped out a very good Dodgers’ offense. The Dodgers managed nine hits but the Cubs gave them seven free baserunners.

Junior Lake (4-for-5) had another good game at the plate. Lake collected four singles in five at bats and recorded the second four-hit game of his career. Lake became the first Cub since 1916 to have two, four-hit games in his first 16 games. But Lake did not score a single run.

Cole Gillespie (3-for-4 with a double, a RBI and a run scored) and Darwin Barney (2-for-4 with a double and a RBI) drove in both of the Cubs’ runs on Friday afternoon. Starlin Castro (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) doubled and scored in the fourth. Welington Castillo (1-for-4) and David DeJesus (1-for-4 with a walk) reached base on Friday but left a combined six runners on base.

Carlos Marmol made his return to Wrigley and survived a shaky ninth inning without allowing any runs.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter did not have a good game either. Porter had an inconsistent strike zone that neither the Cubs nor the Dodgers agreed with and Porter ejected both Mark Ellis and Don Mattingly in the fourth inning.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 49-60 on the season, 11 games under .500.

Travis Wood looked like the 2013 version of Travis Wood to the first two batters of the game … then he lost all command. Adrian Gonzalez drove a 2-2 pitch to deep left center. Junior Lake slightly misplayed the ball, it hit off the top of the vines and Gonzalez ended up at second with a double. Yasiel Puig singled to left on a 0-2 pitch. Gonzalez scored, 1-0 Dodgers. Wood then walked Scott Van Slyke. With runners on first and second with two outs, Ethier flied out to center to end the inning. Wood threw 24 pitches in the first, 16 for strikes.

The Cubs put two on with no outs in the first against Hyun-Jin Ryu, but could not push across any runs. David DeJesus singled to left and Junior Lake singled to right. Rizzo grounded into a 6-4-3 double play and Castillo grounded out to short for the third out. Ryu threw 22 pitches, 14 for strikes, in the first inning.

The Cubs trailed 1-0 after one inning.

After Wood retired the Dodgers in order in the second inning, the Cubs tied the game in the home half. Castro lined out to short and Ransom struck out looking to start the inning. Cole Gillespie drove a 3-1 pitch down the right field line. Gillespie ended up at second with a double. Darwin Barney followed and Ryu hung a curve on a 2-2 pitch that Barney drove into the left field corner. Gillespie scored and tied the game at one. Wood struck out swinging to end the inning.

The game did not remain tied for long.

The third inning turned out to be one that Travis Wood would like to forget. Wood labored through a 41-pitch inning and only retired two batters. The Dodgers ran into the third out.

David DeJesus misplayed a fly to center off the bat of Mark Ellis to start the inning. Ellis ended up at second with a double. Nick Punto doubled to right, Ellis scored and the Dodgers took a 2-1 lead. Gonzalez flied out to center. Punto tagged and went to third … then it became a walk fest. Travis Wood walked Yasiel Puig.

The Cubs caught somewhat of a break. Puig took off for second on the second pitch of the at bat to Van Slyke. The Cubs caught him in a run down, then Barney threw to third because Punto left the base and headed for the plate. Castillo applied the tag on Punto for the third out (2-4-5-2). Wood ended up walking Scott Van Slyke and Andre Ethier to load the bases with two outs. A.J. Ellis took a couple of close pitches and ended up working a walk … and Wood’s fourth straight free pass forced in Punto, 3-1 Dodgers. Travis Wood continued to struggle, and continued not to get calls. Wood allowed the free swinging Uribe to work a full count. Juan Uribe smoked a 3-2 pitch right at Castro to end the inning.

Travis Wood threw 41 pitches in the third inning … Wood threw 79 pitches, 46 for strikes, over the first three innings.

The Cubs managed only a Junior Lake single in the third and the Dodgers went right back to work against Wood in the fourth and knocked him out of the game.

Hyun-Jin Ryu led off the fourth with a single to center. Wood caught Mark Ellis looking at a 3-2 pitch. Ellis tossed his bat, voiced his displeasure and was tossed from the game. Homeplate umpire Alan Porter had a quick hook with Ellis then tossed Don Mattingly from the game.

When play resumed Nick Punto hit a dribbler up the third baseline. Ransom played it perfectly but his throw to first was late and the Dodgers had runners on first and second with one out. Adrian Gonzalez blooped a 0-2 pitch into center. David DeJesus charged the ball, then bobbled it. Ryu had stopped at third but when DeJesus did not field the ball cleanly, he was sent home. Ryu lumbered in with the Dodgers’ fourth run. Dale Sveum decided that was enough for Wood and went to his pen for Michael Bowden.

With runners on second and third with one out, Sveum brought his infield in. But it did not matter. Bowden hit Yasiel Puig with a 0-2 pitch and loaded the bases. Scott Van Slyke lifted a 0-2 pitch into right. Punto tagged and scored, 5-1 Dodgers. Bowden walked Andre Ethier to load the bases … again. Bowden somehow struck out A.J. Ellis swinging to end the inning.

Starlin Castro led off the fourth with a ground rule double to right. Castro blooped a 0-1 pitch to right that hit the line then skipped into the stands. Ransom struck out swinging. Cole Gillespie drove Ryu’s first pitch to right center. Puig raced over and dove for the ball. The ball hit off his glove, Castro scored and Gillespie ended up at second with a double. Barney grounded out to second, Gillespie advanced to third but was stranded when pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz tried to check his swing and rolled grounder toward second. Schumaker fielded the ball and tossed to Gonzalez (glove to glove) to end the inning.

The Cubs trailed 5-2 after four innings.

The Dodgers got the run right back in the fifth off Eduardo Sanchez. Juan Uribe singled to center then stole second. Rizzo broke to cover the bunt too early and Uribe got a running lead. Ryu dropped down the bunt on the next pitch. Rizzo fielded the ball and threw to third. Uribe slid in safe and Rizzo’s mistakes put runners on the corners with no outs.

Skip Schumaker smoked Sanchez’s first pitch back up the middle. Sanchez fielded the ball, looked Uribe back and lobbed his throw to first. Rizzo caught it and stepped on the bag for the first out. Punto hit a deep fly to center. Uribe tagged and scored, 6-2 Dodgers. Sanchez retired Gonzalez (flyout to center) for the third out.

The Cubs continued putting runners on base in the fifth … and kept leaving runners in scoring position.

Junior Lake collected his third hit of the game with one out in the fifth. Lake singled to left then tested Puig’s arm when Welington Castillo ripped a single into right. Lake slid in safe just ahead of Uribe’s tag. With runners on first and third with two down, Starlin Castro drove a 0-2 pitch to the corner in right. Puig ran over and caught the ball to end the inning.

Eduardo Sanchez kept the Dodgers off the board in the sixth.

The Cubs loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth with one out … but came away empty. Cole Gillespie singled to left center with one out. Darwin Barney singled to left and Dale Sveum went his bench for Luis Valbuena.

Trey Heilman decided that was enough for Ryu and went to his pen for lefty J.P. Howell. Valbuena dribbled a 1-1 pitch back up the middle. Howell tried to field the ball, but it hit off his glove and rolled toward short. Valbuena reached on an infield single and the Cubs had the bases loaded with one out. DeJesus rolled into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning … after six at bats, the Cubs were 3-for-11 with RISP and left eight men on base.

James Russell retired the Dodgers in order in the seventh.

Junior Lake led off the seventh with a single to left off Brandon League. Rizzo chopped League’s first pitch right to Gonzalez. Lake advanced to second but was stranded when Castillo popped out to second and Castro grounded out to third to end the inning.

Blake Parker pitched a scoreless eighth and Pedro Strop kept the Dodgers off the board in the ninth.

Carlos Marmol took the hill in the ninth with the Dodgers up 6-2. Julio Borbon hit for Strop and ripped a double down the right field line. An 0-2 pitch to DeJesus ended up in the dirt. Borbon took off for third and was thrown out. Ellis kept the ball in front of him, it was a bad decision. DeJesus walked, the Cubs’ first free pass of the game. Lake popped out to second and Rizzo grounded out to Rizzo to end the game.

Jeff Samardzija faces Chris Capuano in game three with the Dodgers on Saturday afternoon.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Borbon will not be missed. But who will the Cubs call up?

    • cubtex

      Your favorite…..Sappelt.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Gag. Double gag, even.

        • J Daniel

          I just threw up!

      • J Daniel

        Bring BJax … Anyone but Sappelt … He should join Borbon

  • paulcatanese

    Agree Neil, the Cubs played a bad game.
    But, it makes no difference, win or lose, no difference
    this year at all.