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Monday, May 28, 2012
Wood won't blame wind, happy for offense

By Doug Padilla

CHICAGO -- It took until Memorial Day, but the Chicago Cubs got their first victory of the season in the Chris Volstad/Travis Wood spot of the rotation.

The Cubs lost all eight games when Volstad was the starter, and lost last week at Houston when Wood took over his spot.

Travis Wood
Travis Wood allowed four homers on Monday, but his offense helped him avoid a loss.
Wood didn’t get the victory Monday, allowing six runs and four home runs on a windy day, but he was able to stay with Padres starter Jeff Suppan, who also allowed six runs. Both starters went five innings. The Cubs' Randy Wells got the win.

“I don’t think Wood had command of his fastball down and away, or his changeup down, but a couple of those are normally outs that the wind caught,” manager Dale Sveum said. “A couple of them were hit pretty good too. But that’s not a game you can usually gauge anything when the wind is blowing out.”

It wasn’t exactly a fun day for the pitchers.

“I just wish we weren’t in that situation,” Wood said afterward.

To his credit, though, the left-hander wasn’t about to dismiss the outing just because it was a day when eight balls flew out of the park, the most at Wrigley Field since the Cubs and Reds hit nine home runs on July 4, 2010. (The Reds hit seven of the home runs that day.)

“Don’t blame it all on the conditions,” Wood said. “I missed some pitches and stuff. Maybe some of them don’t get out but a lot of them were hit hard. It was just one of those games.”

Wood had no problem with where the credit should be directed.

“The offense, hats off to them, especially since we had been struggling offensively,” Wood said. “For them to come out today, especially when I didn’t have my 'A' game and gave up some homers and some runs, to battle back was outstanding.”