Travis Wood got a no-decision on Monday, allowing six runs in five innings, as the Cubs lost 10-9 to the Cardinals on Monday.
The Cubs staked Wood to a 5-0 lead in the top half of the first inning, but Wood immediately gave four back in the bottom half when he served up a grand slam to Mark Reynolds. He would settle down until the sixth inning, when he allowed three consecutive singles, leading to three runs. He left with no outs in favor of reliever Jason Motte. Overall, Wood gave up six hits, walked two, and struck out five. He'll head into a weekend road start against the Brewers with a 4.40 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 31/8 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings.
Carlos Martinez lucked into a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 3 2/3 innings as the Cardinals held off the Cubs on Monday.
Martinez walked three of the first four batters he faced to open the game, then watched as the Cubs plated five runs in four consecutive singles. Anthony Rizzo added a solo home run in the second and Miguel Montero brought in the Cubs' seventh run with a double in the fourth, chasing Martinez from the game. Overall, he gave up nine hits, walked four, and struck out four. Martinez had been brilliant in his first four starts, so treat Monday's outing as an outlier. He still has a 3.64 ERA with a 1.35 WHIP and a 28/14 K/BB ratio in 29 2/3 innings. Martinez will look for redemption over the weekend when he takes on the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
Seth Maness allowed a run but still managed to grab his second save of the season in Monday's victory versus the Cubs.
Maness allowed a two-out solo home run to Addison Russell to cut the Cardinals' lead in half, but he got Dexter Fowler to line out to end the game. As regular closer Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in three consecutive games to open up the month of May, and blew a save on the 3rd, Maness got a rare save chance. The right-hander, with a 3.27 ERA and a 6/0 K/BB ratio in 11 innings, shouldn't see many more save situations the rest of the way.
Addison Russell clubbed a solo home run in the ninth inning, but it was just barely not enough as the Cubs were beat by the slimmest of margins by the Cardinals on Monday.
The Cubs entered the ninth down 10-8. With two outs, Russell belted a solo home run to left-center off of Seth Maness, but it couldn't spark anything else. Russell has hit safely in nine of 11 games since his promotion, but has a meager .233/.250/.442 triple-slash line with two home runs and seven RBI.
Anthony Rizzo hit a solo home run and stole a base in a 1-for-5 effort as the Cubs lost to the Cardinals on Monday.
Rizzo homered off of Carlos Martinez in the second inning, extending the Cubs' lead to 6-4 at the time. He reached on an error in the sixth, plating an additional run, and stole second but was stranded. As expected, the first baseman has delivered a ton of fantasy value, batting .313/.458/.530 with four home runs, 12 RBI, and seven stolen bases.
Mark Reynolds went 2-for-3 with a walk and a grand slam as the Cardinals narrowly defeated the Cubs on Monday.
The Cardinals were behind 5-0 before they even had a chance to bat, but Reynolds immediately brought them back into the game with a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning off of Travis Wood. It's only the second home run of the year for Reynolds, who has served as a pinch-hitter and occasional first baseman against left-handed starters. He's batting .216/.341/.459 on the year along with eight RBI.
Glen Perkins narrowly escaped the ninth inning with his ninth save on Monday, closing out an 8-7 victory against the Athletics.
Perkins was protecting a two-run lead, but allowed a two-out RBI double to Stephen Vogt to put the tying run in scoring position. He managed to strike out Craig Gentry to end the threat, however. Despite the tense situation, Perkins has been terrific this season, going 9-for-9 in save opportunities with a 1.50 ERA and an 11/0 K/BB ratio in 12 innings.
Phil Hughes gave up five runs in six innings of work but escaped with the win on Monday against the Athletics.
Hughes served up a grand slam to Stephen Vogt in the first inning, but was able to right his ship from there. He gave up another home run, though, in the sixth with the bases empty to Mark Canha. The Twins rallied for four runs in the bottom half of the inning to put Hughes in line for his first win of the season. Hughes, in the outing, gave up nine hits, walked two, and struck out two. He has been uninspiring over his first six starts, owning a 5.02 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 28/4 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings. Hughes travels to Cleveland to face the Indians in his next outing.