OSS: Cubs were one early bloop away from a combined no-hitter.
- 2013 Cubs MVP Travis Wood stepped up and pitched four perfect innings in emergency relief of Jason Hammel, who left after two innings with a hamstring cramp. I did a triple take when I saw his line in the box score and it said he had a 2.79 ERA. It's not that surprising when you consider that four scoreless innings out of 19 total IP *could* make a big difference.
- Strop, Grimm, and Rondon closed the door in what was seven perfect innings by the pen. Their combined line on the day was 7 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 8 SO.
- The offense had a pretty quiet day, but the most memorable moment was probably Anthony Rizzo picking up his first extra base hit in two weeks or so, a double to right that scored Heyward from first base.
- That Hammel injury is a bummer, but it looks like it was indeed just cramping. It looks like he's still on track to make his next start.
- There would be less grumbling about the blooper that dropped in the first if it hadn't also happened the other night. Though in the Cubs defense Heyward hasn't played much CF this year so the communication was probably off. Still that ball should have been caught.
- Did Rizzo get drilled in retaliation for Strop quick-pitching the Dodgers? Sounds like they should have been throwing at the umpire.
Next up: Kazmir vs Arrieta, 7:05 PM CT