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Sunday, July 28, 2013
Pitching does it again for Cubs

By Kevin Lynch
Special to ESPNChicago.com

SAN FRANCISCO -- As the Chicago Cubs were collecting themselves to return home, AT&T Park opened up the infield so kids could run the bases and touch home plate. Meanwhile, Chicago manager Dale Sveum reflected on the manner in which his Cubs completed their trip with a three-game sweep of the reeling World Series Champion San Francisco Giants.

The Cubs only touched the plate six times in their three games at AT&T.

"We pitched well," Sveum said. "We didn't do much offensively."

Cubs All-Star pitcher Travis Wood bounced back from two straight losses to dazzle. He threw seven innings of four-hit ball, yielding a single unearned run. He also hit his third home run of the year, which leads all major league pitchers.

"Pretty much won the game by himself," Sveum said.

Wood struck in the fifth, stroking his sixth career homer to left field off Giants starter Tim Lincecum. His blast was also a factor in catcher Welington Castillo's game-winning solo homer off Lincecum in the seventh. Possibly not wanting to face Wood again, Lincecum grooved a fastball on a 3-1 count.

"In the first two at-bats, he was throwing a lot of out pitches," Castillo said. "In that count with two out, I just think fastball and lay off the other pitches. He threw a fastball in there and I put my best swing on it."