How it happened: Marlins pitcher Henderson Alvarez hit a three-run home run off Travis Wood in the second inning and it held up as the Cubs were stifled at the plate after a three-run first of their own. Miami opened the scoring with a Christian Yelich solo shot, but the Cubs quickly responded with four straight hits and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning. Anthony Rizzo, Dioner Navarro and Nate Schierholtz had RBIs. Wood gave it right back as he gave up three hits, including the Alvarez long ball, and a walk in the second, but then he settled down. But so did Alvarez. He left with tightness in his hamstring after six innings while Wood made it through seven.
What it means: Although the wind was blowing in it looked like it was going to be one of those crazy offensive days at Wrigley Field, but that’s not how it played out. Wood would undoubtedly like the pitches he threw to Yelich and Alvarez back but once again he showed maturity in not letting the long home runs completely ruin his day. That’s a positive. Unfortunately, Alvarez did the same after a rough first inning. It was another one of those offensive days where the Cubs showed promise in a single inning but couldn’t add on.
Outside the box: Before the game, Cubs manager Dale Sveum said the team would call up 4-5 players as minor league regular seasons come to an end on Monday. He indicated all would be pitchers with the exception of probably one catcher. ... Scott Baker went 5.2 innings for Class-A Kane County on Monday. He gave up six hits and two runs while striking out four without giving up a walk. Sveum said if he’s activated he’ll be a long man in the bullpen. Baker hasn’t pitched in the majors this year as he recovers from Tommy John surgery.