Wednesday's Red Sox-Cubs matchups: Brandon Workman vs. Travis Wood

July 02, 2014 - 7:11 am

The Red Sox finish their three-game series with the Cubs on Wednesday night when they send Brandon Workman to the mound against Travis Wood. Coming off a six-game suspension that forced him to miss a turn in the rotation, Workman (1-1, 3.27 ERA) came back Friday against the Yankees had arguably the worst start of his major league career. But even at his worst, he allowed just four runs, seven hits and two walks over a season-high seven innings in a 6-0 Red Sox loss. It was the first time Workman has allowed more than three runs in a game as a big league starter. The right-hander gave up back-to-back home runs to Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner in a three-run fourth inning, which proved costly in a game in which the Sox failed to generate any offense. '€œWith the exception of the 1-1 fastball to Kelly Johnson, he gave us a solid outing,'€ manager John Farrell said of Workman after the game. '€œSeven quality innings with the exception of the one pitch which, in a one-run ballgame, they go up 3-0 on a night when it was difficult for us to get anything going offensively, it loomed large. At the time, you didn'€™t necessarily think that was going to be the case.'€ Workman is 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA over 19 2/3 innings in his last three starts. He'll try to produce another strong outing when he makes his first career start against a National League opponent. He made three relief appearances in interleague play last season as well as three relief appearances against the Cardinals in the World Series. Wednesday will be Workman's first time facing the Cubs. Wood (7-6, 4.52 ERA) was at his best this season in June, going 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in 31 innings in his five starts. The Cubs also won the lefty's two-decisions in that span, including his most recent outing last Thursday against the Nationals. Wood gave up three runs and a season-high five walks with four strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-3 Cubs win. Wood, however, was particularly unhappy with his walk total after the game. He's walked 18 batters to just 19 strikeouts in his last five starts. "Walks, in general, for me are disappointing," Wood said after the game. "To walk a couple and miss with a pitch and allow them to get back in the ball game, it can't happen." Wednesday will be Wood's third start against an American League opponent this season. He's 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA in his two interleague outings this season, including an eight-run disaster over four innings in a loss to the White Sox on May 7. Wood has never faced the Red Sox in his career. Cubs vs. Workman (RHP) No Cubs batter has faced Workman. Red Sox vs. Wood (LHP) Stephen Drew (6 plate appearances): .250 AVG/.500 OBP/.500 SLG, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks Brock Holt (5): .200/.200/.200, 3 strikeouts Jonathan Herrera (3): .000/.000/.000 A.J. Pierzynski (3): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout