Memorial Day brought game one of a four game series between the team with the best record in the majors vs the team with the most questionable one.
Alex Wood returned to the starting rotation in a test of his sore? healed? triceps muscle.
The good news was he had a team behind him that was heating up at the right time. The bad news was, they chose to take the holiday off.
Bases loaded and two out for Ben Zobrist. Here was the big challenge for Wood and his triceps.
Alex Wood struck him out!
3rd inning No score
Jason Hammel pulled up lame with a cramp in his warm up pitches and had to leave the game.
Travis Wood was brought in. The game became their Wood against our Wood.
The Dodgers went quietly.
5th inning No score
Nothing. 13 retired in a row.
Lead off single with a two-base error on Yasiel Puig. Ben Zobrist standing on third.
Next batter knocked Zobrist in for first score. 1-0
Anthony Rizzo with a double to RF. 2-0
6th inning Cubs 2-0
16 down in a row.
7th inning Cubs 2-0
19 in a row. Sheesh.
Casey Fien in for the Dodgers
Three up, three down, and the kid made it look easy.
8th inning Cubs 2-0
22 down in a row.
Dodgers lose 2-0
25 Dodgers down in a row. What’s to say?
Positive note: Alex Wood seems healthy enough, with 5 quality innings.
The quicker I get outside to the BBQ, the quicker I can forget this mess, and you too.
Happy Memorial Day everybody! Thanks vets, and those who sacrificed, all the way to giving your all. Thanks dad!
Alex Wood (1-4) went 5 innings with 7 hits, 2 runs, 3 walks, 7 K’s. ERA 3.99