Sometimes the difference between a win and a loss can be the smallest of things. One pitch, a swing, a foot on the bag. This game was decided by a pass ball. A pass ball by Wellington Castillo allowed the ever annoying Derek Norris to score the only run of the game. It's a Holiday, so let's not waste time.
IF I WOOD, COULD YOU?
Travis Wood was outstanding again today. Six innings of scoreless ball while allowing three hits and one walk while striking out 3. Wood did go through 100 pitches to get that 6 innings but he probably could have gone 1 more. But with Two new toys in the bullpen, Sveum went conservative. Gurrier looked wild, walking two and throwing the pitch that got buy Castillo.. And Strop looked good in his one inning.
COME ON' THE RISIN WIND
Key play for the Cubs happened in the 4th inning. Starlin Castro was on second when Alfonso Soriano singled to left. Perhaps Castro thought they wouldn't make a play on him, or maybe he thought Cespedes was playing too deep. Whatever, the reason Castro's effort around 3rd was shall we say...less and Castro was easily thrown out. The A's announcers spotted it right off the hop. To me this might be a nice time for Dale to lay down the law. Whether that happens, no one knows.
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIDE, EVERYTHING WILL BE JUST FINE.
So Brian Bogusevic was taken out of the game with what's being called hamstring tightness. It's not believed to be serious but one wonders if another call to Iowa maybe on tap.
So that's the road trip. And it was a winning one at that as the Cubs finish 5-4. But no time to celebrate as the Cubs head home where the red-hot first place Pirates await. The Cubs most Pirate looking player Jeff Samardzija takes the bump against Francisco Liriano. YARRR!!!!!! Enjoy the rest of your 4th..... and onwards.