Other than a really bad sequence (and a really, really bad pitch) to a number 8 hitter, Travis Wood had a good game. Even his overall line looks pretty great (just five base runners in seven innings). But a three-run homer is unkind to you at the end of the day.

As for the Cubs’ offense, well, other than Wood’s solo homer, they did nothing. But, I mean, it’s not like Yovani Gallardo isn’t a really good pitcher. It happens.

Doesn’t it seem like former Cubs always do well against the Cubs …

  • ncsujuri

    So was Josh Hamilton…

    • DocPeterWimsey

      No, Hamilton was not.

      • Richard Nose

        Enlighten us Doc. I thought he was too, albeit for the benefit of the Reds, but still was property of Cubs for a few moments. Was that not the case?

        • hansman1982


          • Richard Nose

            dont you dare let it asplode! was it something I said?

            • hansman1982

              I have had this discussion faaaaar too many times on this site.

              The Reds wanted him, Cubs were picking sooner and not taking anyone, Reds offered cash to Cubs because he had family in the Reds organization that wanted him to get sober. Absolutely noone was concerned about baseball with him at that point.

      • TH

        Prior to the 2007 season, Hamilton was selected by the Chicago Cubs (picking for the Reds) in the Rule 5 Draft. During the off-season he was traded to the Rangers.

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Your parenthetical is the operative point.

          • DocPeterWimsey

            Also, a few seconds is orders of magnitude less time than a few days.

  • King Jeff

    It may be about time to start messing with the lineup again. I don’t really see any September call ups getting a lot of playing time outside of the pitchers, so Dale’s going to have to do something to get the bats going again. At least most of the veteran’s are gone so the Cubs can actually work on the future during a lost season for the first time in 3 years.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      There really is not much that altering the batting order will accomplish. The Cubs need better hitters, that is all.

  • Dumpgobbler

    The thought was that the reds wanted Hamilton, and made a deal with the Cubs to claim him for them for cash. I dont think the Cubs ever had any plans at all to actually keep him. Simply middle men for easy money really.

  • Stinky Pete

    If we had just kept Bianchi we could have won that game!!!

  • Stu

    Winning is the most overrated stat. Not important until 2015.

  • ytowncubsfan

    Camp pitching longer than 1 inning…i guess the club isnt worried about his apperances anymore

  • Spencer

    26 strikeouts in the series so far.