Cubs pitcher Travis Wood couldn't get off of his current streak of winless starts against his former team as he and the Cubs were shelled in a 7-3 loss against the Reds. Wood lasted only five innings and gave up all seven of the Reds' runs. The dagger coming after a horrendous five run fourth inning by the Reds. Wood gave up nine hits, three of which were home runs and struck out only three. Wood has been a terrible slump lately, since his four start winning streak ended back on July 6th Wood has lost six of his last seven starts, the other being a no decision.
Despite having more hits than the Reds(11 to the Reds 10) the Cubs could only manage three runs as the offense continues to struggle for consistency. The game had an encouraging start when Luis Valbuena smacked a solo home run in the 2nd and with a pair of runs in the top of the 4th but the bottom half of the 4th proved to be the deciding factor after Travis Wood gave up six hits including two home runs, a double and a triple. Reds first baseman Todd Frazier had a two run homer in the fourth that gave the Reds the lead and they never looked back.
The Cubs will try to rebound Saturday in a double header, which is a make up of a rain out back on May 1st. Jeff Samardzija (8-10, 4.06) will take the bump for the first time since his career high 11 strikeout game against the Astros. He will take on Reds ace Johnny Cueto(15-6, 2.45) in game one while a pair of rookies take the mound in game two as Cubs the Cubs Brooks Raley(0-2, 9.00) takes on Todd Redmond in his first major league start. Redmond was 8-9 with a 3.54 in the Reds minor league system before his recent call up.
QUICK CUBS NOTES: Paul Kinzer, agent for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, said Thursday that the team was working on a long term deal to keep Castro with the team. Castro confirmed those reports by saying he "wants to be with the team for a long time" and that a long term deal is "important for me."
Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster will miss his scheduled start on Saturday for the Rangers due to an undisclosed personal reason. Dempster was traded from the Cubs to the Rangers at the trade deadline and has had a rough start with his time with the Rangers going 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA in three starts. Dempster was 5-5 with a 2.25 ERA in 16 starts with the Cubs earlier this season.
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