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.