Travis Wood looks really good for some of the game, then looks like he is throwing batting practice for other parts of the game, at least that has been his m.o. recently. Tonight was more of the same for Wood as he was cruising through the first three innings as the Cubs held a 3-1 lead, then the wheels fell off. Wood allowed five runs in the 4th inning, including home runs by Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier and just like that the Cubs were looking up at a three run deficit. Wood suffered his ninth defeat of the season as he went five innings giving up seven runs, six earned on nine hits with three strikeouts. The Cubs had plenty of opportunities all night, even after they fell behind by four runs. Unfortunately they had too many strikeouts at the wrong time as they finished the night 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 guys on in the loss. Luis Valbuena found the magic tonight as he was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Starlin Castro continued his recent tear going 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Anthony Rizzo finished the night 2-for-5 to raise his average to .299 on the season. Busy day tomorrow as Ernie Banks would be thrilled as the Cubs and Reds will play two.
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