National League Game Summary - Houston at Chicago|
(Sunday, July 1st)
Final Score: Chicago 3, Houston 0
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - Travis Wood pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and
the Chicago Cubs finished off a three-game sweep, beating the Houston Astros
by a 3-0 count at Wrigley Field.
Wood (3-3) remained on fire in July, holding Houston to three hits. The left-
hander struck out four and did not walk any, continuing his hot hand after
posting a 2.27 earned run average in June.
"That was about as good as it gets," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Wood even scored the winning run, breaking a scoreless tie in the sixth
after leading off the frame with a double.
"It's hard for me to bunt him, he's actually an offensive asset when he's up
there," Sveum said. "Especially against a lefty, when he can get a fastball
early in the count. It was the Travis Wood show today, no doubt about it."
Wandy Rodriguez (6-6) was a hard-luck loser for the Astros, allowing three
runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out three and walked just one
but Houston dropped its fourth straight overall.
J.D. Martinez and Carlos Lee were the only Astros to reach second base.
Martinez hit a leadoff double to start the fifth, but he was stranded after
Matt Downs, Brian Bogusevic and Brian Bixler failed to score him. Lee failed
to score after delivering a two-out double in the ninth.
"He was mixing," Martinez said of Wood. "He had that cutter working. Every
time you'd swing, it was off the hands. He would throw that two-seam, just
kind of running it, cutting it. It's tough."
The Cubs scored all three of their runs in the sixth inning following Wood's
double. Wood reached third base on Reed Johnson's groundout. After Wandy
Rodriguez intentionally walked Starlin Castro, rookie Anthony Rizzo, who
knocked in the winning run with a home run on Saturday, came through again,
singling to right field to bring home Wood. Jeff Baker followed with a two-run
double to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.
Shawn Camp retired the last batter in the eighth and Carlos Marmol picked up
his third save of the series, working around a two-out double to pick up his
eighth save and finish off the sweep.
The start of the game was delayed 56 minutes due to rain...The Cubs have won
five of their last six games...The Cubs won two straight games started by
opposing left-handers after winning just four of their first 21...In his last
nine outings, Marmol is 6-for-6 in save opportunities with a 1.25 ERA (one
earned run in 7 2/3 innings)...Wood has allowed three of fewer runs in eight
of his nine starts for the Cubs...The Astros have lost four straight
games...The Astros were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left four
runners on base...The Cubs went 2-for-5 with runners in scoring position and
stranded three on base...Bryan LaHair and Starlin Castro were chosen to
represent the Cubs in the All-Star Game and Jose Altuve will represent Houston
in the game.
07/01 20:17:10 ET