Cubs pitcher Travis Wood hits grand slam in Cubs’ 8-3 victory over Sox
BY TONI GINNETTI firstname.lastname@example.org May 30, 2013 4:26PM
Updated: May 30, 2013 5:48PM
Don’t ever bring up the designated hitter to Cubs pitchers.
They’re hitting better than plenty of those DHs.
Travis Wood proved that again Thursday with a grand slam homer in the fourth off White Sox starter Jake Peavy, one of three Cubs homers in an 8-3 victory at Wrigley Field that gave the Cubs a sweep of the three games played in the crosstown series.
The rained out Tuesday game at U.S. Cellular Field has yet to be rescheduled.
Wood’s grand slam was the first this year by a Cub and first by a Cubs pitcher since Jason Marquis on Sept. 22, 2008 in Shea Stadium. But it was the first by a Cubs pitcher at Wrigley Field since Burt Hooton in 1972.
The blast gave Cubs pitchers a total of 19 RBI in the month of May, leading all major league teams and the most by a Cubs staff in one month since they had 15 in August, 1937.
Wood, who has two homers this season, was 2-for-3 at the plate, but he held the Sox to two runs through six innings in a quality start on the mound. The Sox had a pair of RBI both came from Paul Konerko (2-for-4) and a run in the ninth off Cubs closer Kevin Gregg.
Peavy (6-3) lasted four innings, giving up six runs, including two in the second inning. In the fourth, the Cubs loaded the bases with a pair of singles before Peavy hit Darwin Barney with a pitch. Wood’s homer followed.
Nate Schierholtz (6th) led the fifth with a homer off Sox reliever Nate Jones and Luis Valbuena (6th) homered leading the eighth off Brian Omogrosso.
The victory not only gave the Cubs the crosstown series for the first time since 2007, it also gave them their first four-game win streak of the season.
The Sox have lost three straight after winning five of their prior eight before the series when they reached .500. They fell to 24-27 overall Thursday as they begin a West coast trip to Oakland and Seattle.