Wood eyes back-to-back wins in finale vs. Brewers
(SportsNetwork.com) - Travis Wood gets an opportunity to put together back-to- back victories for the first time in a calendar year when the Chicago Cubs play the Milwaukee Brewers in the rubber match of a three-game set at Wrigley Field.
Wood earned the win in his last start, Monday in St. Louis when he gave up five runs -- four earned -- on five hits in six innings in a 17-5 final. The last time the left-hander won consecutive starts was May 7 and 13, 2013 against St. Louis and Colorado.
Over his career, Wood is 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA in nine games (8 starts) against Milwaukee. He took a loss against the Brewers and Marco Estrada on April 26 at Miller Park.
Estrada, who also starts today, is 2-0 over his last five starts and hasn't lost since April 15 versus St. Louis. The righty fanned eight in a win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday. He's 5-0 with a 3.71 ERA in 12 career games (7 starts) against the Cubs.
Yesterday, Edwin Jackson struck out 11 in seven stellar innings to help the Cubs blank the Brewers, 3-0. Jackson (3-3) dazzled for Chicago, which had lost three straight. He yielded just four hits with one walk in matching his season-high in innings pitched, while posting his most strikeouts in a game since fanning 11 against the New York Mets on Aug. 18, 2012.
Neil Ramirez struck out two in a perfect eighth inning for Chicago and Hector Rondon needed just eight pitches in the ninth to nail down his fourth save.
The Cubs also spoiled the return to Wrigley for Milwaukee starter Matt Garza (2-4), who compiled a 21-18 record with a 3.45 ERA in three seasons in Chicago. Garza struck out seven but allowed three runs on four hits to absorb the loss.
"Yeah, I'm frustrated, I hate this," Garza said about his record. "I hate this feeling. I have to keep grinding and keep getting ready every five days. That's all I can do."
The Cubs did all of their damage in the first inning, and it was all Jackson and his relievers would need.
"We were able to come out and get some early runs on the board," said Jackson. "When we got that lead all I was thinking was to hold the lead, have fun, relax and just hold it."
Brewers leadoff man Carlos Gomez was scratched from Saturday's game due to lower back tightness. He was eligible to return from a 3-game suspension, handed to Gomez for his role in a bench-clearing incident on April 20 at Pittsburgh.
Milwaukee took two of three from the Cubs in a series earlier this season. The last time the Cubs won a home series against the Brewers was Sept. 19-21, 2011.
05/18 10:37:07 ET