The Cubs put their trust in Travis Wood on Sunday to help capture the three-game series with the Brewers at Wrigley Field. Following a shaky start, Wood limited the Brewers to two hits over seven innings en route to a 4-2 victory before a crowd of 37,631. Wood (4-4) was wild in the first inning, walking the bases loaded. But he managed to retire Khris Davis on a fielder's choice grounder to end the threat. "It was a struggle there in the first," Wood said. "We weren't missing bad, but we were missing, so there was kind of a minor adjustment I had to make ... but we were able to roll on after that." The last-place Cubs managed to take two out of three from the first-place Brewers for only their second series victory of the season. "Any time you can win a series, it's big," Wood said. "So hopefully we can just take it in stride and keep rolling." Wood retired 19 of the last 21 hitters he faced before giving way to Brian Schlitter in the eighth. Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada (3-2) took the loss after giving up four runs on seven hits over five innings. It was Estrada's first loss to the Cubs. He is now 5-1 in 13 career starts against them. The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the second when Welington Castillo blasted a two-run homer into the left-field bleachers. It was Castillo's fifth of the season. A pair of two-out doubles by Starlin Castro and Luis Valbuena gave the Cubs a 3-0 lead in the third. "I just try to hit the ball as hard as I can," said Castro, who is hitting ,329 with nine doubles, four homers and 13 RBIs since being moved to the cleanup spot on April 25. "I like (hitting fourth)," Castro said. "Whatever spot (Rick Renteria) puts me in and leaves me there every day... doesn't matter." Mike Olt cracked his ninth homer to lead off the fourth and the Cubs went ahead 4-0. "I got into a good hitter's count (2-0), and I just wanted to be aggressive and get a pitch I could hit," Olt said. "I was able to do some damage." Olt, who is hitting only .176, leads the team in home runs. He also leads all National League rookies in homers and RBIs (20). "I'm more worried about putting together more good at-bats in a row," Olt said. "I feel like I have been having a couple of good ones in a row and not giving away at-bats. I'm not worried about numbers right now. I am just going to keep doing what I'm doing. It's a long season and … get back on track."
Travis Wood helps Cubs take series from Brewers
Chicago Tribune | May 19