Kerry Wood As a Closer?
A day after scoring nineteen runs against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Cubs could only muster three runs in a 4-3 loss in the series finale.
For the second time in as many series against the rival Brewers Kerry Wood blew another save giving up three runs in an inning.
Cubs fans could see opening day being replayed in their minds while watching the ninth inning today. Wood led off the inning by hitting Craig Counsell with a pitch. Gabe Kapler hit a double and Counsell came in on a Jason Kendall RBI single to pull the Brewers within a run.
Ryan Braun, who had already homered earlier in the game, broke the camels back by hitting a two run double over right fielder Kosuke Fukudome's head.
Not only did Wood blow the save again, but it came after Cubs fans were amazed when Carlos Marmol came in to relieve Carlos Zambrano in the seventh in a jam, and proceeded to strike out four batters in an inning and two-thirds of work.
Wood's critics came out yet again, saying Marmol should be the closer. Marmol is still young, and maturing, give Wood some time, and see what the situation is on July 31. The Cubs need to turn their attention to division rival St. Louis and taking that series and put this one behind them.
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