Sunday, May 6, 2012

Cubs beat the Dodgers 4-3 in 11 innings; Blake DeWitt designated for assignment

After a two hour and 41 minute rain delayed start, the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3 in 11 innings in the final game of the 3 game series.  Travis Wood was called up from Triple-A Iowa to start in place of the flu-stricken Matt Garza.

The Cubs were trailing the Dodgers, 3-2 going into the ninth inning when Ian Stewart got a pinch-hit single.  Tony Campana hit a game-tying RBI double in the ninth inning and David DeJesus was walked with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to give the Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Dodgers and the series win.  Rafael Dolis, who pitched two inning in relief, earned the win. 

David DeJesus wins it in 11th for the Cubs with a walk-off walk (photo from
To make room for Travis Wood on the roster, the Cubs designated Blake DeWitt for assignment for the second time this year.  DeWitt was also designated for assignment on February 6th to make room on the 40-man roster when the Cubs claimed infielder Adrian Cardenas off waivers from the Oakland Athletics.   He rejoined the team Feb. 23 as a non-roster Spring Training invitee after clearing waivers. 

Blake DeWitt was designated for assignment today to make room for Travis Wood on the Cubs' roster (photo from
In 18 games this year, DeWitt was batting .138 with one double and one RBI.  "Hopefully, he clears waivers and elects to stay with us," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said Sunday.  "It's an unfortunate thing, and more than anything, it's because of the flu bug.  It cost a guy a job in the big leagues.  It was our only chance to do anything."

Jeff Baker was unavailable for Saturday's game, but is feeling better and available for today's game.  Third baseman Ian Stewart is the latest victim of the flu that's been going around the Cubs' clubhouse and is out of the lineup today.  Stewart is one of five National League players to drive in at least 10 runs this season despite hitting under .200.  Joe Mather is taking Stewart's spot at third base today.

"It's one of those unfortunate things that a lot of teams deal with over the course of the year," Sveum said Sunday.  "Hopefully, we get [Stewart] back.  It hasn't been a one-day thing with anybody, guys have been completely down and out."  Apparentely the first player to get the flu was relief pitcher Scott Maine, who was recently optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

Tomorrow the Cubs will start a 3-game series against the Atlanta Braves at 7:05pm CT at Wrigley Field.  Jeff Samardzija will start for the Cubs.

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