Baseball Toaster Cub Town
2007-03-08 18:45
by Phil Bencomo

Cubs @ Padres, March 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 2 0 3 0 0 1 2 0 8 14 0
San Diego 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 6 11 4
WP: Jason Anderson (1-0)
LP: Trever Hoffman (0-1)
SV: Rocky Cherry (2)

... is how Lou Piniella described Kerry Wood's performance today.

"In Spanish, it's 'bastante,'" Piniella said. "Enough."

Wood just missed on the location to Sledge [who hit a grand slam].

"We were obviously trying to go away and not give him something he could turn on, and I missed by about 12 inches and he was able to turn on it," Wood said.

"He had real good stuff," Piniella said after the game. "With him, what we want to do is keep him pitching. We want him to stay nice and healthy. It was an inning -- you've heard of the bloops and the blasts. That was somewhat of that."

The next step will be to cut down the time between appearances, and pitch every other day rather than get as many days off between outings. Eventually, Wood hopes to make consecutive appearances. Right now, there's no pain or stiffness in his right shoulder, and that's the best news.

"I feel great," Wood said. "I'm having a good time doing this. I have fun waking up and not being in pain, and going out and throwing and not having to get treatment and warm up and stretch just to play catch. I can get up and go like everybody else in camp."

As one who knows some Spanish himself, I'd also add this to Piniella's description:

Sin suerte.

Wood made one mistake and got stuck with some tough luck, but it was an altogether pleasing outing.

And a note on Felix Pie: If he continues to play as well as he has (2 more hits today, plus an outfield assist), the Cubs may be forced to make room for him sooner than they might have thought.

Only time will tell.

2007-03-08 20:46:02
1.   Johan
Lou's still speaking Spanish? Doesn't he know how uncomfortable it makes people?
2007-03-09 05:18:05
2.   rynox
Only Spanish word I know of that I could use to describe Wood's outing is Tequilla... as in "A little Tequilla will make me forget all about it."
2007-03-09 05:26:42
3.   williamnyy23
Somewhere Steve Lyons is looking for his wallet...
2007-03-09 11:41:07
4.   rynox

BTW... on Murph's show today, Steve Stone said (and I'm paraphrasing), "The Cub's won 8-6 yesterday, and they're going to have to win a lot of games like that during the regular season when Zambrano isn't pitching"... thought that was amusing. True, though.

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