NEW YORK -- Dealing on the mound. Coming through in the clutch at the plate. Even going first to third and sliding in headfirst.
How it happened: Feldman, who signed a one-year, $6 million contract with the Cubs in the offseason, was terrific. He allowed just one run on two hits over seven innings, and delivered a two-run single to center with two outs in the fourth. Feldman has eight RBIs this season. After Feldman surrendered back-to-back doubles to Daniel Murphy and David Wright leading off the fourth, he retired the final 12 hitters he faced. The Cubs tacked on three insurance runs in the eighth -- highlighted by Starlin Castro’s two-run double. Castro had struck out in his first three at-bats, then grounded into a fielder’s choice before coming through in his fifth AB. Carlos Villanueva and Kevin Gregg worked in and out of trouble to close it out. Cody Ransom reached base in five of his six plate appearances.
What it means: Feldman (6-5, 3.05 ERA) rebounded from having one of his worst outings of the season by having one of his best. The right-hander had given up a season-high tying five runs in his last start on June 10 against the Cincinnati Reds. The Cubs have now won three games in a row.
Outside the box: The Cubs are an outfielder short on the bench, meaning more pinch-hit opportunities for Travis Wood? Yes, manager Dale Sveum said that his southpaw, who is hitting .296 with two homers and seven RBIs this season, might be called on to pinch hit early or late in games. He did not get an opportunity Saturday. The Cubs walked a season-high nine times. They left 16 men on base.