Wada made just one glaring mistake in his start, allowing a leadoff home run to Denard Span in the first inning. After that, Wada settled down and recorded six strikeouts with just two walks in his outing.
"I liked the way it set up for us a lot," manager Joe Maddon said per MLB.com. "I wanted him to pitch to the lefty one more time, which was Harper. I really liked how we had it stacked after that. One pitch, and that's how this game is played sometimes. Our bullpen was outstanding again, too."
Wada, who remains 0-0, moved his ERA to 2.70 in 10 innings of work. He will look to pick up his first win of the year on Sunday against the Royals.
Wada was brilliant at the outset of Wednesday's start, striking out the side in the first and third innings while facing the minimum. He surrenderd a two-run homer in the fourth and was pulled with two outs and two on the fifth having thrown 69 pitches.
"He'd done his job," manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "I'm more about the Cubs winning as opposed to any particular pitcher winning. You can let him go for one more third of an inning, maybe it works, maybe it doesn't. I thought it was a great game for him to build off of."
Wada finished the day with two earned runs scored on four hits and one walk in 4 2/3 innings. He's lined up to face the Nationals on Monday.
Wada will replace Travis Wood in the rotation, who is being moved to the bullpen. Wada is expected to make season-debut and start on Wednesday against the Padres.
He was 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings as a rookie in 2014.
Wood was moved to the bullpen on Saturday, earning his first career save in the game. Wada will join Chicago after his rehab stint this week.
"I have a lot of faith in this guy coming out of the pen," Maddon said of Wood. "He has had some really good games this year and really good moments in other ones. Just go out there and be aggressive, assertive and let it go for an inning or two. I think when he does that, he can be really good.
"We also talked to him about the potential of becoming a starter again at some point. But right now we are looking at it this way."
Wada posted a 4-4 record with a 3.25 ERA in 69 1/3 innings of work in 2014.
Wada, who is currently on the 15-day disabled list, has been out all season with a groin injury.
In five starts this season in Triple-A, Wada is 0-3 with a 3.25 ERA.
In his rookie year for the Cubs in 2014, the left hander went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 14 starts.
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