Travis Wood was a one man wrecking crew, pitching 7 innings, driving in 4 RBI, serving 300 beers, and single handedly stopping the rain while defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 at soggy Wrigley Field. The Cubs got to L-platform-guitarist-turned-pitcher Bronson Arroyo in the second inning. Wellington Castillo singled home Starlin Castro. Castro would go to second on a Ryan Kalish single and the both of them would trot home when Wood broke out the whooping stick and drove an Arroyo Junkball into the left center. 4-0 Cubs. Wood would add his own insurance run with a double and come to the plate again with the bases loaded. But alas, he proved to be just a pitcher…. Anyway, Mark Trumbo would homer and nobody would care because that was it for the scoring and your Chicago Cubbies are 2-2 on the home stand. Let's get some dry clothes...
LIFE AND SOUL OF THE PARTY
Wood was outstanding. Surrendering that one home run over seven innings of work. Travis gave up 6 hits and walked one while striking out Diamondbacks 9 times. 9 times Mrs Beuller, I'm looking at it right here…..( I've used this Beuller joke before haven't I? Whatever, it's funny.). This was Travis Wood's 27th "quality start" over the last two years. That ties him with Cliff Lee and puts him only one behind Clayton Kershaw in that category. Granted, it's one rather broad category. But he's still on a list with Cliff Lee, Clayton kershaw and CJ Wilson on it. And if the Cubs are balking at Jeff Samardzija's asking price, look at what those three are making……and Wood is matching them. Just looking down the road. Anyway, Hector Rondon, whose becoming kind of a thing, pitched the 8th and Pedro Strop finished the game off.
PLAY 'LO VISTE' FOR ME
Emilio Bona facio has brought over his "lo Viste" hand gesture and nobody has been quicker to join in the fun than Starlin Castro. Anytime one of them gets a hit they immediately turn to the dugout and with their two fingers put a "V" over their eye. as in to say "Did you see that?". It's harmless fun. and it's kind of been lacking from the Cubs the last couple of years. Maybe it helps keep things loose. Maybe it's meaningless. But Castro seems to have a little more swagger to his game in addition to hs improved play. It wouldn't surprise me if hanging out with someone as out going and expressive as Bonifacio isn't providing extra benefits.
KALISH THE UNFORGETTABLE
Nice bounce back game for Ryan Kalish. I still think Kalish would benefit from playing everyday in the corn, but after a few struggles Kalish went 2 for 4 while playing a solid LF. A better than solid LF if you were fortunate to see Mark Trumbo lumber around the Waveland sided grounds. Yeesh. Kalish might get himself some more time. Here's hoping he takes advantage of it.
So that was nice. Jason Hammel takes the mound against Brandon McCarthy who has been every shade of awful this year for the D-backs. With Samardzija waiting Wednesday and the Diamondbacks kind of road weary and bad to begin with, the Cubs should get their first series win this week. But first things first. A victory, let's enjoy it while it lasts. Onwards.