Rapid Reaction: White Sox 8, Cubs 3

CHICAGO -- For the third straight night, the Chicago Cubs lost to the Chicago White Sox, this time 8-3 at U.S. Cellular Field. Here's a quick look:

How it happened: Travis Wood got rocked as he lasted only four innings, and he got no help from plate umpire Tom Woodring. Gordon Beckham broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run home run in the fourth and one inning later Paul Konerko cleared the bases with a three-run double. That sent Wood to the showers and Rick Renteria to jaw over balls and strikes with Woodring, who ejected the Cubs' manager. The Cubs scored a solo run in the second inning on a double by Luis Valbuena, then tallied twice in the fifth on a home run by Mike Olt and RBI double by Emilio Bonifacio.

What it means: After two days of good starting pitching by the Cubs, Wood didn't exactly keep his team in the game, though he had a legitimate beef with Woodring behind the plate. Still, he's given up an alarmingly large number of hard-hit balls this season, and Wednesday was no different. He gave up eight runs, eight hits and five walks. It's still relatively early in the season, but it's already looking very doubtful Wood will repeat as an All-Star as his ERA climbed to 4.75. The Cubs have exactly four hits in each of the first three games of the series.

Renteria's ejection: For the third time in less than six weeks -- and by three different plate umpires -- the Cubs' manager was tossed from a game. That leads the majors. He'll fight for his players, but it's doubtful the Cubs are being singled out. They just aren't good enough and so close calls that go against them are magnified.

The attendance: The announced attendance was 21,075, the lowest ever to see a Cubs/Sox game.

What's next: The Cubs will try to avoid the sweep when Jake Arrieta (0-0, 0.00) takes the mound on Thursday night against Scott Carroll (1-1, 0.68).