Cubs offense can't back up Wood in loss

Cubs offense can't back up Wood in loss

August 12, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Tony Andracki

Same story, different day for the Cubs and Travis Wood.

Wood hurled another quality start, his 20th of the season, but the Cubs couldn't do anything against Cincinnati Reds starter Mat Latos in a 2-0 loss in front of 33,277 on Monday night at Wrigley Field.

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Brandon Phillips has been a thorn in the Cubs’ side during his time in Cincinnati and delivered the only offense of the game, a two-run homer on an 0-2 slider in the seventh inning. After the game, Phillips strolled through the visiting clubhouse, questioning why reporters were standing around his locker. 

"I'm not talking today," the outspoken veteran told the media after driving in his 88th and 89th runs of the season, which trails only Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt in the National League.

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Wood (7-9, 3.00 ERA) went eight innings, allowing just four hits and one walk. Latos (12-3, 3.04 ERA) threw eight shutout innings and gave up six hits but did not walk a batter. 

“Hats off to him, he was outstanding,” Wood said. “He outpitched me tonight, kept us off the boards and I made a mistake to Phillips and he hit it out of the park. That was all they needed.”

Donnie Murphy (two hits, including a double) was the lone highlight on offense for the Cubs (52-66), who have been shut out for three straight games at Wrigley Field for the first time since 1924.

“It’s funny,” manager Dale Sveum said. “We’re scoring in bigger parks and on the road but we can’t seem to muster up anything at home.”

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