This was a much different game than yesterday. After the Cubs bludgeoned the White Sox with 5 HRs and 15 hits, they struggled to get much going against RHP Jake Peavy, who retired 16 in a row at one point. Travis Wood matched him almost pitch for pitch as the two engaged in an old-fashioned pitcher's duel.
On the Mound
Travis Wood had some mixed results. He struck out 5 and gave up just the one run on 4 hits, but he also walked 4 batters. He wasn't missing by a whole lot, however. He was unable to get several borderline calls on inside pitches on RH batters. Overall it was a very good performance -- and with Peavy dealing on the other end, it couldn't have come at a better time. Wood earned his first win of the season, with emphasis on the word earned.
The Cubs mixed and matched Shawn Camp, James Russell, and Manny Corpas with varying degrees of success, but all 3 managed to hold the lead.
And then the Cubs brought in Carlos Marmol.
It wasn't pretty, but Marmol threw enough strikes to get out of the 9th inning to preserve the one run lead. He did walk AJ Pierzynski to bring the winning run to the plate, but retired Orlando Hudson on a weak ground ball to first to get th save.
At the Plate
The Cubs mounted one rally and it was in the 3rd inning. It started on an odd play in which 3B Orlando Hudson fielded a groundball hit by Geovany Soto and threw wide to first. 1B Paul Konerko attempted to swipe Soto with the tag but missed. In his effort to evade the tag, Soto ran to the right of first base without touching it, then had to scramble back and dive as Konerko was unable to tag him out for the second time.
Tony Campana (2 for 3) then hit an infield single off to put runners on first and second. After both players advanced on a wild pitch, David DeJesus (2 for 4) singled them both home for all the runs the Cubs would need.
The Cubs knocked the Sox out of first place and clinched the series victory with the win and go for the sweep tomorrow. Randy Wells pitches in place of Ryan Dempster, who was recently placed on the DL. He is opposed by Gavin Floyd. Both pitchers have struggled this season, so I'm not expecting a repeat of today's game.
The game also featured some good defensive plays. Wood snagged a sharp ground ball to his glove side, while Darwin Barney made a leaping snare on a line drive.
And then there was this circus catch by Starlin Castro...
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