Wood struggles in first intrasquad game

MESA – Travis Wood, in line for one of the two vacancies in the Cubs rotation, had a rough start in the first intrasquad game of the spring.

Wood gave up six runs over three innings, including a grand slam to Matt Szczur, but finished his outing with a perfect third inning.

The Blue Team, made up of backup players and minor leaguers walked away with a 10-4 victory over a White Team lineup made up mostly of regulars.

Szczur was the offensive star of the game collecting three hits and six RBIs.

Wood gave up a wind-aided home run to Brett Jackson to lead off the game and then an odd run shortly thereafter when Szczur tagged up and scored all the way from second base on a deep fly ball to right field.

In the second inning, Wood gave up two singles and a walk before Szczcur took him deep to right field. With Wood’s pitch count running high the top of the second inning was cut short so the two teams could change sides.

Randy Wells, also in line for one of the rotation spots, had a better time against a lineup of the Cubs’ regulars. He gave up three runs in his three innings but one of them was unearned. All three runs came in the second inning, although he wasn’t particularly hit hard.