Despite an impressive outing from SP Ryan Dempster, the Chicago Cubs enter the bottom of the 8th inning with the game tied 1-1 after RP Kerry Wood walked three-straight batters for a Washington Nationals run.
Dempster pitching an impressive 7 and 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts and 3 walks. Manager Dale Sveum removed Dempster (108 pitches) after he struck out 2B Danny Espinosa with SS Ian Desmond on first. Wood then relieved Dempster, but had trouble locating his pitches. After 21 pitches, Wood had loaded the bases and pushed across the Nationals first one of the season.
Wood then induced a groundout from former Cub LF Mark DeRosa, ending the inning.
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