Sports

Finally, Wood gets a win as a Cub

Cubs starting pitcher Travis Wood wants home plate umpire C.B. Bucknor to know there’s an inside corner.

But the shoelaces were a strike?

No matter.

Showing great savvy in adjusting to Bucknor’s sometimes incomprehensible strike zone Tuesday night, Wood got his first win as a Cub.

The young left-hander gave up one run on four hits in six innings, which is solid enough -- but it gets even better when you remember he escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the second.

Nearly as impressive was his big shut-down inning in the third when he retired Gordon Beckham, Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko after getting a 2-1 lead.

In four starts in June, Wood has allowed only eight earned runs in 24 2/3 innings for a 2.92 ERA. He has allowed more than three earned runs in only one of his seven starts this season.

Looks like the Sean Marshall trade is turning into something.

Orlando Hudson couldn’t have gloved a harder hit grounder and couldn’t have asked for a slower Cub running, and still lollipopped the throw to first to let Geovany Soto reach safely. The error started a Cubs rally that cost Jake Peavy a lead and cost the Sox a win and first place. Don’t get cute. Save the Hollywood for Hollywood.

Or save it for Starlin Castro.

On Monday night, Alexei Ramirez made a brilliant, diving, spinning stab and blind throw up the middle. On Tuesday, Castro turned his back on the infield to chase Alejandro De Aza’s blooper, gloved the ball on the heel, then snatched it out of midair with a windmill motion. Your serve, Alexei.

Peavy’s three losses have been 1-0, 1-0 and 2-1.

Len Kasper alertly noted that Hudson did not have his batting gloves velcroed and thus would be awarded first base if a pitch hit one of the flaps. The Cubs didn’t ask the umpires to close the gloves, but Kasper would make a good bench coach.

The Sox couldn’t do anything with the bases loaded in the second and then couldn’t at least tie the score with two on and one out in the eighth. Did the Sox know the Cubs came into the game with the worst record in baseball?

Wait, Carlos Marmol protected a one-run lead?

Wait, weren’t the Sox supposed to dominate interleague play?

Wait, now it’s up to Gavin Floyd to salvage a win for the Sox?

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • Grateful Dead drummer dishes dirt, drug dependency in new book

    Grateful Dead drummer dishes dirt, drug dependency in new book

    As a founding member of the Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann watched the world change from behind his drum kit, shoveling coal in the wildly tribal rhythm section as the Dead went from San Francisco underground curio to ground-breaking indie outfit, then progenitor of the improvisation-based rock...

  • Book comes out ahead of Grateful Dead farewell concerts in Chicago this weekend

    Book comes out ahead of Grateful Dead farewell concerts in Chicago this weekend

    The cliché that colors every good rock star story is “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll." For the Grateful Dead, the trailblazing rock band known for its improvisational style, revelatory live shows and dedicated fanbase, there was that and so much more.

  • 10 best movies of 2015 so far

    10 best movies of 2015 so far

    The year’s half over! How did that happen? No idea. With six months of a good year of movies in the books, let’s see how the Top 10 list is looking, with a quote from each respective review. Note: There are a few I’ve seen that I really like that haven’t yet opened in Chicago, and those aren’t...

  • If you make less than $50,440, proposal could increase overtime pay

    If you make less than $50,440, proposal could increase overtime pay

    Nearly 5 million more Americans would qualify for overtime pay under new rules proposed Tuesday by the Obama administration, a long-anticipated move expected to affect a broad swath of salaried employees from store managers to social workers to restaurant shift supervisors.

  • Chicago's minimum wage increase attracting workers to city

    Chicago's minimum wage increase attracting workers to city

    Unlike previous summers, UniStaff is experiencing a spike in job applicants at its Little Village location, a trend the branch manager says is tied to the city's minimum wage increase to $10 per hour beginning Wednesday.

  • 'The Bachelorette' episode 7 recap: How many meltdowns can Shawn have in one week?

    'The Bachelorette' episode 7 recap: How many meltdowns can Shawn have in one week?

    Welcome to RedEye’s coverage of “The Bachelorette,” arguably the most misogynistic show on television! The format is pretty simple: Five women of RedEye each drafted five of the 25 competing men. Everyone gets one point for every man who gets through each week. If you ever want your daughter to...

Comments
Loading