Wood Outduels Kershaw, Cubs Scratch Out a Win – Cubs 3, Dodgers 2

Game One Hundred Thirty-Two – Cubs 3, Dodgers 2

WP – Travis Wood (8-10) LP – Clayton Kershaw (13-8) Save – Kevin Gregg (27)

wflag-pubTravis Wood outpitched Clayton Kershaw and the Cubs beat the Dodgers for the first time in over a calendar year on Tuesday night. Tuesday’s game between the Cubs and Dodgers was a perfect example of why baseball is so unpredictable because no one saw the Cubs scoring a run much less beating Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

Travis Wood (1-for-4 with a run scored) pitched an excellent game and even scored the first run on a RBI single by Dioner Navarro (2-for-4 with a RBI, a walk and a run scored) in the third inning. Wood limited the Dodgers’ high-flying offense to one earned run on five hits in seven innings. Wood pitched his way out of a bases loaded jam in the fourth and did not record his first clean inning until the fifth. But the Dodgers managed only five singles off Wood and seven total hits on the night.

Travis Wood made the most of the first run support he received in four starts. Wood allowed one unearned run on five hits with two walks, a hit batsman, and six strikeouts in seven innings. Wood threw 105 pitches, 69 for strikes.

Pedro Strop gave up the Dodgers’ second run in the eighth inning on two hits and Kevin Gregg picked up the save after retiring Yasiel Puig on a pop out to Anthony Rizzo to end the game.

The Cubs offense scratched out three runs against Clayton Kershaw before he left the game with two outs in the sixth inning. Dioner Navarro drove in Travis Wood in the third and Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a RBI) delivered a two-out single in the sixth that plated Cody Ransom (1-for-3 with a run scored), gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead and knocked Kershaw out of the game. The Cubs made Kershaw work, ran up his pitch count and forced the Dodgers’ ace to throw 107 pitches in less than six innings.

Darwin Barney (1-for-4) and Donnie Murphy (1-for-3 with two walks) also collected hits and the Cubs’ third run scored in the seventh with Brian Bogusevic (0-for-2) rolled into a double play with the bases loaded.

With Tuesday’s win, the Cubs improved to 56-76 on the season.

Darwin Barney broke up Clayton Kershaw’s no-hit bid with one out in the first inning. Barney singled to right center and advanced to second when Dioner Navarro worked a walk. Kershaw struck out Murphy and Lake swinging to end the inning. The Cubs made the Dodgers’ ace work in the first (29 pitches, 19 strikes) but could not string together any hits.

Travis Wood worked around a bunt single by Yasiel Puig in the first inning. Wood threw 10 pitches, eight for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing against Kershaw in the second. Andre Ethier made an excellent catch at the wall in left center to take a hit away from Cole Gillespie to end the inning. Kershaw needed 39 pitches, 26 for strikes, to complete two frames on Tuesday.

Travis Wood hit Andre Ethier with one out on a 3-2 pitch in the second. Uribe lined out to left and Wood struck out A.J. Ellis swinging to end the inning … 31 pitches for Wood after two, 20 for strikes.

The Cubs put a run on the board in the third after Travis Wood led off with a single to left. Castro flied out to right center. Darwin Barney then reached on catcher’s interference and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one down for Navarro.

Dioner Navarro lined a single into left center. Wood scored, 1-0 Cubs and Barney advanced to third with one out. Kershaw struck out Murphy swinging and Lake looking to end the inning.

Travis Wood worked around a two-out single and a stolen base from Puig by retiring Adrian Gonzalez to end the third. Wood threw 40 pitches, 28 for strikes, over the first three innings.

At the end of three complete, the Cubs led 1-0.

The Cubs could not cash in a two out single by Cole Gillespie in the fourth and Wood was able to work out of a huge jam in the home half of the inning.

Hanley Ramirez led off the fourth with a single to left center. Mark Ellis just missed a home run and flied out to deep center for the first out. Ramirez tagged and advanced to second on the play. Wood walked Ethier on five pitches. Juan Uribe struck out swinging but the 1-2 pitch got away from Navarro. The Cubs catcher did not block the ball, he stabbed at it. The wild pitch allowed both runners to move up ninety feet. Wood intentionally walked A.J. Ellis to load the bases.

Travis Wood struck out Clayton Kershaw swinging (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

At the end of four, the Cubs led 1-0.

The Cubs could not tack onto their led in the fifth after Starlin Castro led off the inning with a single to right. Barney tried to bunt Castro to second but popped up the bunt to Gonzalez for the first out. Navarro struck out swinging. Donnie Murphy worked a two out walk. Junior Lake grounded out to Ramirez for the third out … 86 pitches for Kershaw after five innings, 59 for strikes.

Travis Wood put together a 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. Wood needed 74 pitches, 47 for strikes, to complete five innings on Tuesday.

Cody Ransom led off the sixth with an infield single off Kershaw’s left leg. Kershaw stayed in the game and walked Darnell McDonald. Cole Gillespie tried to bunt, struck out swinging but a wild pitch on the swinging strike three got away from A.J. Ellis. Ransom moved up to third on the play. With runners on the corners and one down, Wood struck out swinging.

Starlin Castro came through with a two-out single to left. Ransom scored, 2-0 Cubs. And Don Mattingly went to his pen for Brian Wilson. Barney grounded out to Ramirez at short to end the inning.

Hanley Ramirez led off the sixth with a bloop single to right. After Mark Ellis flied out to center, Wood made an errant pickoff attempt, the ball sailed over Ransom’s head and Ramirez advanced to second. Ethier fouled out to third for the second out. Juan Uribe drove a 2-1 pitch into right. Ramirez scored, 2-1 Cubs. Wood retired A.J. Ellis on a pop out to Ransom at first to end the inning.

Wood threw 95 pitches over six innings, 62 for strikes, and at the end of six complete the Cubs led 2-1.

Ronald Belisario started the seventh and gave up a single to Dioner Navarro. Donnie Murphy followed with a single off of Belisario’s foot. With runners on first and second with no outs, Junior Lake was hit by a pitch on his right hand.

Brian Bogusevic hit for Cody Ransom with the bags juiced and no outs. Bogusevic rolled into a 6-4-3 double play. Navarro scored, 3-1 Cubs. Murphy advanced to third with two outs. Anthony Rizzo hit for McDonald and was intentionally walked. Sveum left Gillespie in and he grounded out to Ramirez to end the inning.

Wood set down the Dodgers in order in the seventh and the Cubs did nothing against Belisario in the eighth.

Pedro Strop replaced Wood for the eighth and struck out Gonzalez for the first out. Hanley Ramirez singled past Barney into right field and advanced to second when Strop hit Mark Ellis.

Andre Ethier ripped a 1-1 pitch back up the middle and into center. Ramirez scored, 3-2 Cubs. Skip Schumaker hit for Belisario and rolled into a 6-3 inning ending double play.

At the end of eight, the Cubs were clinging to a 3-2 lead.

The Cubs could not add on in the ninth against Carlos Marmol. Donnie Murphy worked a one out walk and advanced to second when Nick Punto mishandled a grounder off the bat of Junior Lake. With two on and one down, Mattingly went to his pen for Paco Rodriguez to face Bogusevic and Rizzo. The Dodgers’ lefty struck out Bogusevic and Rizzo to end the inning.

Kevin Gregg took the hill in the ninth with the Cubs up by one and retired A.J. Ellis (foul out to first) and Nick Punto (flyout to left) to start the inning. Gregg missed on a 3-2 pitch to Carl Crawford and walked him ahead of Yasiel Puig.

Gregg jammed Puig and he popped the first pitch up to Rizzo to end the game.

Edwin Jackson faces Ricky Nolasco in the series and season series finale on Wednesday afternoon.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Those LA Dodgers just learned what it is to run into the Chicago Cubs Buzzsaw!

    LOL

  • Tony_Hall

    That’s why they play the games!

    • Ripsnorter1

      Dodgers went 42-9, then lost 3 of 4 to Red Sox.
      And now the Cubs Buzzsaw shatters their playoff hopes!

      LOL

  • paulcatanese

    Well done, for a change. Puig is a piece of work. Dismissed Barney’s first inning single by fielding it with his bare hand and rolling his eyes as if it was a cheap single. At bat, stepping out and twirling his bat as if the pitch were not worth his effort. Upon striking out, the baton twirler did the move all the way back to the dugout. Every out he makes he looks around as if it’s everyone’s fault but his own.He is a real jerk.
    The bright side, Castro looked very good with the two hits, kept his front foot at a minimal move in the air, and had good balance. The last though he reverted to really lifting the foot and dove for the ball, even though it was not outside. I think if he looks at his film, he should realize that and see the difference, that little move the first times may be the key to him coming back as a hitter.
    All said, it was a good team effort, great pitching by Wood, and the end result was satisfying for the Cubs.
    One more thing, don’t trade Navarro, that would be a mistake, even if they get a good return, catchers are at a premium, even at backup.