Before we get to yesterday’s game, we’ll get to what happened before yesterday’s game. With Matt Garza unable to pitch due to the flu, Travis Wood had to be called up from Iowa. The Cubs needed to do something to clear a roster space for him, so they DFA’d Blake DeWitt. Dale Sveum tried to sound genuine in his parting remarks for Blake.
“Hopefully he clears waivers and stays with us,” manager Dale Sveum said. “It’s unfortunate, because of the flu bug it costs somebody his job. But hopefully he stays in the organization.”
Hopefully he’ll stay in the organization but never make it back to Chicago. As for yesterday’s game, the Cubs got a not-horrible start from Travis Wood.
“It felt good,” Wood said. “Pitches were working. I had some unfortunate walks that I don’t like and left a pitch up that Rivera ended up hitting out of the park but I kept them close, we battled back and ended up winning the game.”
Unfortunately for Wood he’s likely to end up back in Iowa today as an extra position player (likely Adrian Cardenas) will be needed. Dale, what did you see out of young Travis?
“He just had a little bit better command,” manager Dale Sveum said of Wood’s turnaround after the Rivera long ball. “He was getting ahead easier after that. I just think he settled into the game and it might have relaxed him a little bit. They had three runs but he threw the heck out of the ball after that and got some pretty weak contact.”
One of yesterday’s heroes was David DeJesus, whose bases-loaded walk drove accounted for the winning RBI. Had the game made it a few more innings, it sounds like David might not have been able to stay out there.
“I think I’m starting to get (the flu ) now,” DeJesus said afterward. “My throat is starting to hurt a little bit so I’m going to keep eating my veggies and go from there.”
Eating your veggies won’t keep the flu away. But good luck with that. Have the Cubs ever heard of flu shots? Might be a decent investment to make at some point. Tony Campana also came through for the Cubs, with the game-tying (almost game winning) hit in the ninth.
“I came up in a couple of situations today when all I could do was get them over and it was nice to finally be able to put a ball in the gap and let them run a little bit and get my first RBI of the year,” Campana said. “It was a good time to get your first RBI.”
And it was a legitimate line-drive. Now we’ll have to wait till July to see another one.