Cubs Shutout and Swept in The Bronx – Yankees 2, Cubs 0

Game Fourteen: Cubs 0, Yankees 2

WP – Michael Pineda (2-1) LP – Travis Wood (0-2) Save – Adam Warren (1)

The Cubs had numerous chances to put runs on the board at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, but the offense could not string together any hits and the Cubs were shutout for the fourth time in 14 games this season.

The Cubs became the first team to be shutout on both ends of a doubleheader in Interleague play with Wednesday’s two losses in the Bronx (3-0, 2-0). And Wednesday marked the first time since June 27, 1962 the Cubs were shutout in both games of a doubleheader.

Travis Wood pitched better than his final line indicates. The Yankees made very little solid contact against Wood on Wednesday as he worked his way in and out of trouble in the second game of the doubleheader. Wood also pitched around defensive mistakes that ran up his pitch count. Wood was hung with the loss after allowing two runs on 11 hits with no walks and two strikeouts. Wood threw 104 pitches, 71 for strikes, in 5 2/3 innings.

Hector Rondon picked up the final out in the sixth and Zac Rosscup bailed Rondon out of trouble in the seventh before tossing a 1-2-3 eighth inning of his own. Rosscup was recalled from Triple-A Iowa for the second game of the twin bill and made his case to stay on the roster. Rosscup was excellent over his 1 2/3 innings of work.

The Cubs offense was non-existent for the second time on Wednesday. After managing four hits in game one, the Cubs collected six hits in the second game.

Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with a triple and a walk) and Starlin Castro (2-4) recorded half of the Cubs hits while Ryan Kalish (1-for-4) had a miserable day at the plate. Kalish struck out twice with runners in scoring position and left six men on base in four trips to the plate.

The Cubs managed only one extra base hit in both games of the doubleheader, a triple by Anthony Rizzo in the sixth inning of the nightcap. And only three Cubs reached third base in 18 innings on Wednesday … Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo and Nate Schierholtz, all in the second game.

The Cubs were 0-for-9 with RISP and left eight men on base in game two after going 0-for-4 and leaving four men on base in game one … 0-for-13 on the day with 12 men left on base.

Chris Bosio was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing balls and strikes with homeplate umpire Fieldin Culbreth.

The Cubs lost for the ninth time (0-9) in franchise history in the Bronx. The Cubs have never won a game at either the old or the new Yankee Stadium.

With Wednesday night’s loss, the Cubs finished with a 1-4 record on the five-game road trip and dropped to 4-10 on the season.

Travis Wood was able to keep the Yankees off the board over the first three innings. The Yankees had a lot of traffic on the bases due to infield singles and poor defense from the Cubs. The Yankees finally broke through in the fourth inning.

Travis Wood struck out Ichiro swinging for the first out in the fourth. Scott Sizemore followed with a single to the hole at short. Castro fielded the ball but he had no chance to throw out Sizemore at first. Wood struck out Kelly Johnson. J.R. Murphy broke his bat and hit a 0-1 pitch into left center. The soft liner was just out of Castro’s reach and the Yankees had runners on first and second with two down. Wood fell behind Brett Gardner 2-0. Gardner smacked Wood’s next pitch into right. Sizemore scored, 1-0 Yankees. Derek Jeter rolled Wood’s first pitch to Castro for the third out. Wood needed 73 pitches, 52 for strikes, to complete four innings on Wednesday night.

The Yankees kept dinking and dumping in the fifth and added another run. Carlos Beltran popped out to Barney for the first out. Alfonso Soriano followed with a soft single to left center. Yangervis Solarte singled to center on a 0-1 pitch. And the Yankees had runners on first and second with one out. Ichiro popped out to Castro in shallow left for the second out. Wood jammed Sizemore with his first pitch and broke his bat. But Scott Sizemore got enough of the ball to bloop a hit into left. Soriano rumbled around third and scored, 2-0 Yankees. Kelly Johnson flied out to right to end the inning.

After five complete, the Cubs trailed 2-0 and Travis Wood’s pitch count was rather high (93 pitches, 63 for strikes).

The Cubs put two runners on base in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings but could not string together any hits. And in the ninth inning, Nate Schierholtz and Luis Valbuena reached with one out, but the Cubs came away empty as Adam Warren completed the shutout.

Thursday is a scheduled day off for the team. The Cubs open a seven-game homestand with the first of three against the Reds on Friday afternoon. Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Alfredo Simon in the opener.

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  • paulcatanese

    Oh well, back to the friendly confines of Wrigley Field.

  • Theboardrider

    If we’re going to lose and score zero runs lets do it with Olt and Kalish in the lineup. And more Lake too.

    It’s not up to me but I saw way too much of Luis Valbuena and Ryan Sweeney today. I’ve been supportive and I always will but I’m starting to have trouble finding justification. I get Schierholtz, he has played well at times and has some value. But Valbuena and Sweeney just might clear waivers for chrissake. Probably wouldn’t but maybe. Why not lose with the kids playing, learning, developing and proving that they either are or aren’t the future? What purpose does it serve to play Valbuena and Sweeney? I can justify Barney similarly to Schierholtz. Hasn’t had the success Schierholtz has had at times this year but he plays great defense and is young enough you can still call him “developing.”

    • Eugene Debs

      Kalish is really struggling right now. He needs at bats somewhere.

      • Patrick_Schaefer

        Send him down to AAA

      • DWalker

        They had a little interview withKalishbefore one of the games and he talked about his health. He said he has to be really careful with his neck. I got the impression from the interview he may not be physically capable of playing every day as a starter at the best of times. That said, you are right.

        • Eugene Debs

          Then let’s DL him. We have enough dead weight.

    • Baron_S

      Saw Barneys ‘great’ defense last night… Ball rolled between his legs — and 71 yr old Jeter crawled all the way to 2nd base.

      • Theboardrider

        So he made an error? And now his defense must stink, is that what you’re saying? You realize he’s a gold glove winner and widely viewed as one of te best defenders in the league? You can call him overrated or whatever but to put “great,” in quotations regarding his defense is silly. It is a fact he is a “great,” defensive 2nd baseman. There will always be exceptions to any rule and the people that then disregard the rule look foolish.

        • Baron_S

          He is usually pretty solid,
          but when you bat like a pitcher, 1 error should count as 2 when starting lineups are contemplated

          • Theboardrider

            That is not a bad idea at all!

  • GaryLeeT

    I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Bonifacio goes 0fer, and the Cubs put up goose eggs.

  • BosephHeyden

    This is going to be a looong season. Thankfully Chicago’s hockey team makes the playoffs with the intention and capability of winning. Otherwise, this might have been any even longer season.

    • Bryan

      Go Blackhawks tonight!!

  • John_CC

    This lineup is seriously offensively challenged. We all know this. Even with Castro and Rizzo hitting there just isn’t enough around them. Bonafacio has to get on base.

    I too would like to see Olt more, a lot more. I hope that the reason he isn’t playing everyday, or at least 4-5 games a week, is that his shoulder isn’t 100% and that it will get there and he will get on the field more. Rizzo needs some “protection” or at least someone to drive him in. Olt has some of the power this lineup needs.

    As for Kalish and Lake, I don’t fault Ricky that much. No one in the OF is everyday player. Lake can be a catalyst but he can also be a killer with his defensive mishaps and lack of patience at the plate. I mean, I’d be fine if he played everyday, but I don’t think he is an answer. I like the kid, but he’s a good 4th OF at best, at this point.

    But, at least this isn’t a $190M+ roster that is seriously offensively challenged. I’d be embarrassed if I were a Yankee.

    • cubtex

      you’d be embarrassed to have a team that will make the playoffs? Wow! High standards. I will say this again John. Who cares what the salary is? Are you paying it? Where is my friend who said they would be terrible this year? 78 wins? lol

      • John_CC

        I don’t care what their salary. But since my point either flew over your head or you are purposely ignoring it, I was referring to the fact that if they can only score 2 runs at home off the Cubs with their “high powered” super star lineup, I would be embarrassed.

        Did you look at their infield? It is laughable. When Jeter goes to DL they are a complete scrub IF and Jeter in name only brings cred). Good thing they jammed up the OF with 5 premium guys.

        • cubtex

          John. Seriously…Do you think the weather they played in yesterday was conducive to scoring alot of runs? With their terrible farm system they got a guy performing in Solarte better than any current Cub prospect. They are 9-6 in 1st place. If I were a Yankee fan…I would be laughing all the way to the playoffs.

          • John_CC

            We you know you are a Yankee fan so you can cut that charade. 9-6 on April 18 and you are laughing all the way to the playoffs? Now that is funny!

            Just like the Red Sox are going to lose 100 games because they are 6-9 on April 18?

            What about the Brewers fans? They are going to 120 games this year!

          • cubtex

            Unfortunately I am a Cubs fan true and blue. More blue and blue these days. I see all these teams in big markets that don’t treat the fanbase as poorly as our owners. This Cub team is a pathetic excuse of a roster. Theo is doing something that any gm could do. Brewers went from almost losing 90 games to having a very very competitive team. Yankees are buying a playoff team this year. Cubs are tanking for 3 years now.

          • paulcatanese

            I would say I am a Yankee as well as a Diamondback fan for obvious reasons, Soriano and Campana, favorites.
            But this is not to say I dwell on whether they win or lose, just fun to watch those two.

          • cubtex

            I agree. I am a baseball fan. I enjoy well played baseball.

          • paulcatanese

            Absolutely, I no longer live or die on what the Cubs do every day. Lot’s of good baseball around with teams that win once in awhile. Less revolving doors
            with players.

          • paulcatanese

            I would say I am a Yankee as well as a Diamondback fan for obvious reasons, Soriano and Campana, favorites.
            But this is not to say I dwell on whether they win or lose, just fun to watch those two.

  • Rational Logic

    Pretty much how I feel:

    Maybe how I’ll feel with Baez/Bryant:

  • Eugene Debs

    Dear Bonifacio:

    Welcome back!

    Love, Planet Earth.