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Wild Wood cut down by Eaton
Kerry Wood experienced a 2002 flashback Wednesday at Wrigley Field, keeping the opposition at bay and getting no offensive support from his teammates.
San Diego scratched out a 2-0 victory over the Cubs to even the series, dealing Wood his first loss in four decisions.
"Kerry Wood is one of our main guys," Sammy Sosa said. "But the other guy was dealing too. The other guy didn't give us any breaks."
The "other guy" was Padres right-hander Adam Eaton (1-1), who pitched seven shutout innings, allowing five hits while striking out a career-high 12 batters.
The Cubs came in averaging 9.8 runs per game in Wood's first four starts, but looked helpless against the 25-year-old, who had Tommy John elbow surgery in August 2001.
"We faced a pretty good staff today and just didn't get it done," Wood said.
Sosa hit a pair of doubles, including one on a fly to center that was lost in the sun, but the Cubs were shut out for the first time this season.
Eaton and reliever Matt Herges combined for 15 strikeouts overall, and retired the last 14 batters they faced. Mark Bellhorn and Damian Miller both struck out in all three of their at-bats, while Sosa and Corey Patterson each took a pair of called third strikes.
The Cubs were 0-for-6 with six strikeouts against Eaton with runners in scoring position, failing to even make contact.
"We struck out an awful lot today," manager Dusty Baker said. "We struck out in a few situations where you need some contact or you need a fly ball to get some runs in. It's not how many times you strikes outwhich I'm not crazy aboutbut when you strike out that's more important."
Wood (3-1) allowed two runs on five hits in seven innings, striking out 11. But he had control problems, hitting three and walking three.
Xavier Nady drew a leadoff walk in the second and came around to score on Ramon Vazquez's two-out double. After Wood plunked Ryan Klesko with two outs in the fifth, he then walked Rondell White and watched Sean Burroughs dump a run-scoring single to center.
The Cubs' best opportunity came in the fifth when they loaded the bases with one out before Eaton fanned Bellhorn and Miller.
"That was probably the best game that has been thrown against us this year," Baker said. "To his credit, he made some pretty good hitters look bad today."
The Cubs' offense has been rather streaky of late. They hit 11 home runs and scoring 37 runs in three straight victories against Cincinnati last week, but have hit .208 in their last five games, still managing to go 3-2 in that span.
"We've been on quite a bit," Baker said. "We haven't been off too much. That was our first shutout, and we're [second] in the league in scoring.
"So we've spoiled you, because if you look up and down our lineup and see how many runs we've scored and RBIs, you can't really look at this game as how we've been playing."