Wood, Valbuena lead Cubs to 3-2 win over Padres

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 25, 2014 at 12:50 am •  Published: May 25, 2014
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Other than one bad pitch, Chicago Cubs left-hander Travis Wood had a pretty good night.

Wood came within five outs of pitching his first career shutout before allowing Carlos Quentin's pinch-hit, two-run home run, and Chicago held on to beat the San Diego Padres 3-2 Saturday night.

Wood (5-4) hit an RBI single and Luis Valbuena homered for the Cubs, who bounced back from an 11-1 loss Friday night.

Wood allowed two runs and three hits in 7 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked two.

"I felt good all game," Wood said. "I made a bad pitch there to Quentin. I wanted a cutter in, but didn't quite get it all the way in there and he got through it. But other than that everything was working pretty good all game."

Quentin, who missed the previous four games with a groin injury, hit an 86 mph pitch an estimated 405 feet off the left-field facade with one out in the eighth to chase Wood. Quentin has five career pinch homers and two in one week. Yasmani Grandal was aboard on a one-out walk.

Other than that, "my fastball was locating down and I got some quick outs there," Wood said. "All in all, no complaints other than one pitch, but that's going to happen."

Quentin also hit a two-run, pinch homer last Saturday at Colorado. He hurt his groin on Sunday and hadn't played until Saturday night's appearance.

"That's a hard thing to do to pinch-hit — one of the hardest roles in our game to come off the bench without playing and go step in the batter's box against pitcher and hit a home run," manager Bud Black said. "That is hard to do and he has done it twice in a week.

"When Carlos does that, that is what we expect," Black said. "He is a dynamic offensive player and our team changes."

Problem is, the Padres haven't seen much of Quentin this year. He missed the first 39 games after starting the season on the disabled list with a bone bruise in his left knee.

"He makes us better," Black said. "He's arguably our best offensive player each and every night he is in the game."

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