Travis Wood and his redneck beard took the bump and threw six shutout innings while Nate Schierholtz ran his good game streak to 2 as the Cubs beat the Pirates 3-1 Thursday afternoon. The Cubs opened the scoring in the third inning when travis Wood singled the second pitch he saw into centerfield. He would score a batter later as Starlin Castro would line a shot to Centerfield for a 1-0 lead. Travis and a whole host of relievers kept the Pirate bats asleep. Nate "The Great" Schierholtz would hit a 2 run homer in the 8th, possibly out of the horror of seeing Carlos Marmol warming up for the 9th. They would need those runs as Marmol went all Marmol in the 9th. Allowing a single to Starling mart, walking Russell Martin and an RBI single to Andrew McCutchen. Gaby Sanchez would single in Martin and the sphincter scale would hit 22 carats high. But Marmol rallied, striking out Pedro Alvarez and getting usual Cub killer Neil Walker into a double play. Easy peezy, japaneezy. You be me for awhile and I'll be you.
THE PITCHER WHO
The only thing nastier than Travis Wood's beard was his curve. Or maybe the only thing nastier than Travis Wood's curve was his beard. Debate for a later time I suppose. But Wood was great. 6 innings of 1 hit ball. He walked two and struck out 4 in that span. Dale probably could have let him go another inning, but Travis might not have it as cranked as Shark or Jackson. Still, great outing. Camp and Russell shut down the 7th. And Fujikawa, whose name I will spell 80 different ways this summer, was very impressive in the 8th. Which brings us to...
NICE BOY. BUT ABOUT AS NUTTY AS A FRUIT CAKE
Sad that Carlos Marmol has reached the vitriol stage with Cub fans this early in the season. Twitter was all the rage during his outing. And he deserved it. What happened to the fastball. He got back to being a good relief pitcher last year by doubling, sometimes even tripling up on his fastball. Now it's back to frisbee nation. Hey, he got the save. Big trees from small acorns and all that... Hopefully this sets him off on a good run. But with Cub fans expecting, and apparently eager for the worst, he's gonna have to turn it around really really quick for a really really long time. And consistency isn't in Marmol's arsenal right now.
THE SMARTEST ATHLETE NAMED NATE IN CHICAGO.
Anyone see the preview this morning? See who ol' Felzz said to look for? Yeah?....Huh?....pretty smart right? That's just how I role.... 1 for 162 probably, but hey today it's 1 for 1. Anyway, like the start Mr. Schierholtz has gotten off to. Kind of reminds me of Jeromy Burnitz. Dodn't know why, but he does.
So that takes care of our Pittsburgh share of the road trip. Off to Atlanta. Scott FELDMAN!!!!!!! will take on a Mike Minor. Oh dear... a lefty.....that means.... Hey the Cubs won, that's what counts.
Onwards. Oh and if you're in Kane County and you see a weird dude drinking scotch telling Dan Voglebach that he loves him, that's Arguello.