Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Yankees – Game Two – 04/16/14

Game Fourteen – Cubs (4-9) vs. Yankees (8-6)

  • Game Time – 6:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: WGN TV, MLB Network – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 176, 844
  • Location – Yankee Stadium, New York (The Bronx)

Travis Wood (0-1, 2.92/1.14/2.64) vs. Michael Pineda (1-1, 1.50/0.92/2.71)

Cubs players and coaches will wear #42 tonight to honor Jackie Robinson

The Cubs will try to bounce back in game two of the day-night doubleheader behind Travis Wood. Masahiro Tanaka shut the Cubs down in game one and it will not be any easier for the offense tonight with Michael Pineda on the mound. The Cubs managed only three singles, two bunt singles, and one walk in game one.

The Cubs are looking to do something tonight that no other Cubs team as ever done, win a game at Yankee Stadium. The franchise is 0-8 at the old and new Yankee Stadium dating back to the years when the two franchises faced one another in fall classics.

LHP Zac Rosscup has been added to the active roster for tonight’s game. Teams can have a 26-man active roster for doubleheaders. Rosscup should be optioned back to Iowa after tonight’s game.

Rick Renteria should load his line-up with as many lefties as possible. Left handers have his .236/.293/.333 against Pineda in his 30-game big league career and righties have managed only a .183/.258/.288 slash line.

And game two of the day-night doubleheader all starts with Travis Wood

Travis Wood rebounded nicely his last time out from a not-so-good first outing against the Pirates. Wood was not as sharp as he or the Cubs would have hoped in the home opener against the Bucs and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Wood tossed six innings of shutout ball before turning the game over to the pen in his last start. Wood surrendered a double to the leadoff man in the seventh, Rick Renteria went to his pen and the Pirates hit a pair of big flies off of Brian Schlitter and James Russell. Wood ended up being charged with one run on four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts in six-plus innings.

Travis Wood has thrown a lot of strikes so far this season and must continue doing so tonight. Wood has issued four walks in 12 1/3 innings with 17 strikeouts. A 4:1 strikeout to walk ratio would help him build on last season.

The Cubs lefty faces the Yankees for the second time in his career tonight. Ivan Nova beat Wood and the Reds at Great American Ballpark on June 20, 2011. Wood gave up four runs on eight hits with one walk and six strikeouts in seven innings. Tonight will be Wood’s first start at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees Career Numbers against Travis Wood

  • Carlos Beltran: 6-for-20 with two doubles and one home run
  • Alfonso Soriano: 2-for-9 with one double
  • Kelly Johnson: 0-for-5

Michael Pineda is finally healthy and other than the little pine tar incident, he is off to an excellent start to the season. Pineda was the tough-luck loser on April 5 to the Blue Jays after he allowed one run on five hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings. The Yankees were shutout 4-0. Pineda beat the Red Sox his last time out after allowing one run (home run) on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts in six-plus innings. The lone run came off the bat of Daniel Nava in the seventh inning. In 12 innings this season, Pineda has issued only two walks while striking out 12 batters.

Tonight will be his first career start against the Cubs and Ryan Sweeney (0-for-1) is the only player in the Cubs 25-man roster that has faced Michael Pineda.

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Bonifacio CF
    Sweeney LF
    Rizzo 1B
    Schierholtz DH
    Castro SS
    Valbuena 3B
    Castillo C
    Kalish RF
    Barney 2B

    Wood P

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  • Roland Bowman

    two balls hit hard, luckily right at people

  • GaryLeeT

    Sooooooo…..I see Arrieta had a nice outing today, and got his pitch count up to 82.

    • Roland Bowman

      That is good news. I am looking forward to see if he can continue what he did last year for the Cubs.

  • brent carmona

    Darwin no….just no…

  • Roland Bowman

    Ugh. They need to clean stuff like that up.

  • Roland Bowman

    Got out of it.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Too bad they will send Rosscup down

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    Olt and Lake start against the stud, but sit now. I just don’t get the fixation with the platooning. It really seems to be platooning for the sake of platooning.

    You can have Barney (right-handed) in the game, but Olt and Lake need to sit?

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    More weak contact off Wood, but another hit

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Gardner pounded that one.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Did not like the sac bunt call on Castillo

    • Roland Bowman

      I agree. I would like to see Castillo swing away there. Not a fan of giving away outs that early in the game. They must have been trying to stay away from the double play or something.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Only 27 outs in a game … plus, Castillo hit a big home run off a very good reliever a couple of days ago.

    • Sonate

      Agree. Why give up an out when the team is having difficulty getting hits in the first place?

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Especially with Castillo. Just a bad decision

      • cubtex

        That is why. Because they can’t hit :) All Kalish needed to do was put the ball in play. Oops

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro is the first Cub to reach third base today

  • brent carmona

    Cubs offense is an abomination *sad trombone*

  • Roland Bowman

    fan interference

  • Roland Bowman

    Triple by Rizzo!

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with a triple

    • Roland Bowman

      He even slowed down between first and second before picking it back up.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He’s had good at bats today for the most part. Only one I can really say that about.

        • Roland Bowman

          Castro has hit the ball hard as well. At least a few time.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            You’re right. Castro probably hit the hardest ball off of Tanaka

  • cubtex

    11 hits in 5.2. Lucky Yanks only scored 2

    • Roland Bowman

      Cubs defense didn’t Wood many favors. There were a couple bloop hits as well.

      • cubtex

        Just walked got in 20 minutes ago so didn’t see most of game

        • Roland Bowman

          It wasn’t a bad outing by Wood. he didn’t have his best stuff either though.

          • cubtex

            11 hits is a ton of hits for 5.2

          • Denver Mike

            There has definitely been a lot of action on the bases, but nothing was hit hard. I think 3-4 of them were broken bats that found a gap, even the lone double was a grounder off of Castro’s glove that deflected into left field. I would say it was a very “workman-like” outing, considering the limited damage. :)

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Infield hits, weak contact. Pitched better than his line.

  • cubtex

    Castro looks great. Keeping that front shoulder in and staying on the ball.

  • Roland Bowman

    Let’s not bunt this time

    • cubtex

      Not down 2

      • Roland Bowman

        I was mostly being sarcastic. Mostly.

    • Sonate

      Agree. The mistake should not be repeated.

    • cubtex

      Bunt is better than a pop up :))

  • Eugene Debs

    Are we about to be 4 – 10? Not cool.

    • cubtex

      This team can’t hit good pitching. We will see a lot of this.

  • cubtex

    Kalish should go to AAA. 2 terrible at bats with RISP. Play Lake everyday.

    • Roland Bowman

      That last pitch was nasty though. The last pitch to Kalish that he struck out on.

      • cubtex

        Other than 1 game he looks so overmatched.

        • Roland Bowman

          I haven’t seen him have many good at bats so far.

  • Denver Mike

    ugh

  • BillyFinT

    I started watching this G2 since 8:14. I’ve been scouting another NL game before … It’s only 2 runs, and boy, these Cubs make it look so hard!

    All the other teams I’m checking on are winners, or at least have winning prospects already on their active roster, and active they were. They did it all.

    For us Faithfuls, it’s “How many days until September?” By the way, they need to bench Villanueba.

    • BillyFinT

      I meant Valbeuna… no spellcheck for this one…

      • cubtex

        You don’t like the .200 hitting bat flipper? Agreed. Can’t stand him!

        • BillyFinT

          I don’t really care about him. He’s occupying a roster spot, that’s the problem.

    • cubtex

      Alcantara and Vitters had good games today. Hopefully we will see at least one of those 2 soon

      • BillyFinT

        Renteria is having a tough job right now. And I agree with you, earlier, on Kalish. He’s been swinging over obviously bad pitches.

  • cubtex

    Great job by Rosscup

    • BillyFinT

      Overpowered Ellsbury on that heater. Love it!

      • cubtex

        Got squeezed by ump on pitch before as well. I like that kid. He’s got good stuff.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent job by Rosscup

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Bosio was ejected from the game

  • brent carmona

    Wow, ellsbury missed a fastball right down the plate..This rosscup guy is a keeper if he can find his command

  • cubtex

    Yanks need another lefty reliever. Thorn ton’s arm is going to fall off if they don’t get another one soon. Trade them Russell and keep Rosscup up.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Excellent outing for Rosscup tonight. Big improvement from last year.

    • cubtex

      Looks like he simplified his mechanics

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        He was repeating better, improvement since the spring as well. Nice relief arms in Iowa (Rosscup, Ramirez) and one coming (Vizcaino)

        • cubtex

          Yea. Ramirez has been up and down so far. Hopefully he gets some consistency

  • cubtex

    Take again

    • cubtex

      Why?????

  • cubtex

    Valbuena better take

  • cubtex

    3rd chance for Kalish

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    worst doubleheader offensive output in 50 years. seriously.

    • Roland Bowman

      Not a lot of positives today. Decent starting pitcher. Castro and Rizzo still looking good. After that, not much.

      • cubtex

        Can’t believe Castro swung at that 3-1 pitch down 2 runs with a man on and no outs. He’s got to take that pitch in this weather. Need base runners. Very doubtful he is gonna hit one out.

        • Roland Bowman

          He is one of the better hitters in the lineup. He generally is looking for a pitch to drive, not looking to walk. But yeah I think they should have given him the take sign.

          • cubtex

            Agreed. He is the best hitter on team but you have to consider the weather conditions.

    • cubtex

      Close. 1988

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        sure…but for the Cubs it was the worst (a shutout) since 1962…at least that is what tv broadcast said.

  • cubtex

    Positive- bullpen only gave up 1 hit and zero runs.

    • brent carmona

      But when the offense does well the bullpen blows it. We get starting pitching going then no offense. Vdjaowmfbdoalsnd

      • cubtex

        Look at our lineup. Good pitching will dominate the Cubs

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 2-0 to Yankees in Game 2 of Day-Night Doubleheader … Travis Wood: 2R, 11H, 0BB, 2K, 5.2 IP (104/71 strikes)

    Starlin Castro: 2-4; Anthony Rizzo: 1-3, 3B, BB; Cubs: 0-9 RISP, 8LOB

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Time to Send Kalish down to get regular at bats. Bring up Vitters to start in LF, Lake in center. Schierholtz /Ruggiano in Rf. Bonifacio at 2b. Olt 3b castro rizzo. Make that a regular lineup nothing to lose at this point on pace to lose 110 games pathetic.

    • Patrick_Schaefer

      Kalish 0-3 with Risp 4 hits on the year.

      • cubtex

        And 2 K’s with RISP

  • cubtex

    Just heard the last team to be shutout in both games of a doubleheader were the 1988 A’s

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      First time in Interleague play a team was shutout in both games of a doubleheader. First time Cubs have been shutout in a doubleheader since 1962.