The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs had the start of their game delayed for over an hour due to rain at Wrigley Field. For the D’backs, too bad the rain had to stop.
Travis Wood was the definition of a one man band for the Cubs. He pitched seven innings of one run ball and drove in four runs as Chicago easily took care of Arizona by a score of 5-1. Losing pitcher Bronson Arroyo lowered his ERA from 9.95 to 9.50 with his “best” outing of the year. He went 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits with three walks and two strikeouts. He was torched by his former teammate Wood, who hit a three-run home run in the second inning and then a booming RBI double in the fourth. The Chicago lefty did the most damage with his arm, allowing six hits and no walks while fanning nine. The only blemish was serving up Mark Trumbo‘s league-leading seventh home run.
It’s not as though the Snakes didn’t have their chances. They left seven runners on base and perhaps nothing better symbolizes this almost-lost season better than the top of the fifth inning. Arroyo led off with a single and advanced to second on a Chris Owings base hit. Maybe, just maybe with the heart of the order coming up, the team had a chance to cut into the lead. Silly thoughts. Aaron Hill struck out, Paul Goldschmidt flied out to right field and Martin Prado popped out to first. As the great sportscaster Warner Wolf would say, “You could have turned your sets off there”.