Travis Wood pitched six shutout innings and struck out a career-high nine batters before the Chicago Cubs’ bullpen imploded and dropped a 4-0 lead as they fell 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Emilio Bonifacio struggled at plate going 0-for-4, but did draw a walk in the first while Starlin Castro went 3-for-4 at the plate. Junior Lake and Mike Olt saw their first start against right-handed pitching and combined to go 0-for-6 with two strikeouts each.
Around the league, Michael Pineda earned his first win as a New York Yankee, but it was overshadowed with a substance on his hand raised questions; across town 22-year-old outfielder Avisail Garcia will have season-ending surgery on a torn labrum and Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Matt Moore may need Tommy John surgery.
Chicago Tribune: Video: Cubs’ Russell on allowing game-winning HR
Chicago Sun-Times: Ump says Starlin Castro beat tag at plate
Daily Herald: Cubs’ bullpen blows Wood’s solid start
ESPN Chicago: Happy with a loss? You should be
FOX Sports: Pineda gets first win as Yankee, but substance on hand raises questions
CBS Sports: Matt Moore has tear in UCL, may need Tommy John surgery
SI The Strikezone: Shoulder injury shelves White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia for season