Tonight's game seemed to be overshadowed.
Overshadowed by trade rumors and the return of old faces.
There was the return of Ozzie Guillen to Chicago since he left the White Sox and his first game back in a Marlins uniform since game 7 of the 2003 NLCS.
Jim Hendry was also in the house tonight on a scouting assignment for his new employers the Yankees and Carlos Zambrano made his return too, though he didn’t want to do it on the mound.
The game wasn’t as interesting it turns out.
On the mound:
Travis Wood who has been really good of late looked out of sync after a long 11-day layoff. Wood was roughed up for eight runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Wood’s tough outing snapped a nice run of starting pitching for the Cubs staff.
Carlos Lee continued his Wrigley Field dominance with a grand slam in the fifth that was the difference in the game.
At the plate:
The top of the Cubs line up was productive as David DeJesus, Starlin Castro, and Anthony Rizzo all had two hits apiece. Jeff Baker and Luis Valbuena each drove in a pair.
Wood’s shaky fifth inning was too much for the Cubs to recover from. However, while Wood and tomorrow’s starter Jeff Samardzija will be fixtures in the rotation, the Cubs continue to field the many calls on Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza.
A deal for Dempster could be completed any day now.
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