CHICAGO -- Chicago Cubs starter Travis Wood didn’t have his best command on Sunday, ending the evening with a no decision. The team’s lone All-Star certainly pitched well enough to keep his team in the game.
Wood pitched 5.2 innings of three-run baseball, however the Cubs bullpen could not hold off Yadier Molina and the rest of the first-place St. Louis Cardinals offensive machine. Molina was 4-for-6 with four RBIs. The exclamation point was a three-run home run he hit off of Cubs closer Kevin Gregg in the ninth inning.
“That is a great team over there from top to bottom,” Wood said. “Even with (Matt) Holliday out they have guys stepping in, filling his spot, doing an outstanding job. You have to bring your ‘A’ game every time you are facing them.”
The Cubs ended the first half playing some of their best baseball of the season. They were 24-21 in their last 45 games.
“We have certainly made some strides ,” Wood said. “We were struggling early and losing a lot of one-run games. As of late we have kind of overcome some of that. We have strung together some good games. I think we are right on pace to continue that.”
While the rest of his teammates get some time off, Wood hopes to see some action in the All-Star game. Because he pitched on Sunday major league rules state he will be limited to one inning if chosen to pitch by NL manager Bruce Bochy.
”If it happens, it happens,” Wood said. “I am available and I am going into it expecting to (pitch). If not I won’ t be disappointed or anything and I will understand. We will see what happens.”
Wood ended the first half with a 6-6 record and a 2.79 ERA. His 17 quality starts are the most in baseball in 2013.