Cubs Breakout the Bats … and End the Streak – Cubs 11, Padres 7

Game Forty-Eight – Cubs 11, Padres 7
WP – Randy Wells (1-1) LP – Alex Hinshaw (0-1, BS 1) Save – None

wflag.jpgOn a day with the wind howling out at Wrigley Field, the Cubs ended their 12-game losing streak and posted their first win in two weeks.

The Cubs and Padres went back and forth all afternoon and combined for 18 runs on 26 hits and eight home runs … the eight home runs ended up just three short of the National League record. With all of the offense from both teams, the difference in the game for the Cubs came down to two plays.

With the Cubs up by one and the tying run on third with one out in the seventh, Ian Stewart fielded a slow roller off the bat of Everth Cabrera and threw out Chase Headley at the plate to preserve the one-run lead. Later in the inning, Shawn Camp replaced Randy Wells with runners on first and third with two down and struck out Jesus Guzman swinging on three pitches to end the inning.

After scoring just 12 runs on the recently completed six-game road trip, the Cubs scored 11 runs on 14 hits on Monday afternoon. Eight of the Cubs’ 14 hits went for extra bases and four of them left the old ballyard.

Alfonso Soriano (3-for-4 with a home run, a double, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored) hit the longest dinger of the day. Soriano launched his sixth homer of the season in the sixth. The ball ended up on Waveland and Soriano’s two-run shot gave the Cubs an 8-7 lead.

Darwin Barney (1-for-4 with a home run), Ian Stewart (2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI) and Starlin Castro (2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored) hit the Cubs’ other three home runs. Castro cranked his fourth of the season (second in as many days) in the eighth; a two-run shot that landed in the back of the bleachers and gave the Cubs a little breathing room on a hitter’s day at Wrigley.

Bryan LaHair (3-for-4 with a double, a RBI and three runs scored) and David DeJesus (2-for-5 with two triples and a run scored) also record multi-hit games. LaHair recorded hits in each of his last three at bats. The only out LaHair made Monday drove in the Cubs’ second run of the game.

Three of the Cubs four homers were with men on base. The Cubs did not manage a single walk on the afternoon and finished the game 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left three on base.

Travis Wood could not keep the ball down or in the park in his third start of the season. Wood served up four home runs Monday afternoon with all but one being a solo shot. Wood allowed six runs on seven hits (four home runs) with three walks and four strikeouts in five innings. Two of the three free passes Wood issued scored as he struggled with his command (85 pitches, 51 for strikes). Wood left with the game tied at six.

Randy Wells picked up his first big league win of the season in relief of Travis Wood. Wells was not sharp and the Padres hit him pretty hard. Wells allowed the Padres to take a 7-6 lead on a double by Will Venable in the sixth. Wells was the beneficiary of Soriano’s blast, Stewart’s defense and Shawn Camp’s strikeout. Wells allowed one run on three hits and hit a batter in 1 2/3 innings (34 pitches, 17 strikes).

Shawn Camp, James Russell and Casey Coleman pitched the final 2 1/3 innings and allowed just two hits and no runs.

With Monday’s win, the Cubs improved to 16-32 on the season …

Travis Wood began his day by striking out Will Venable swinging. Wood then issued his first free pass of the afternoon to Chris Denorfia. Wood found his command again and struck out Yonder Alonso for the second out. Carlos Quentin made his first at bat in a Padres’ uniform and ripped a double into left. Denorfia scored all the way from first and Quentin ended up at third when Starlin Castro’s throw got away from Blake Lalli. Wood struck out Chase Headley looking for the third out. Even with Wood striking out the side in the first, it was apparent early on that it was going to be a short day for Travis Wood.

David DeJesus led off the bottom of the first with a triple off the wall in right. Starlin Castro ripped Jeff Suppan’s first pitch into center and plated DeJesus with the tying run. On the first pitch to Mather, Castro swiped second. Joe Mather then tried to bunt his way on, settled for a sacrifice and Castro ended up at third with one out. Bryan LaHair pulled a 2-2 pitch to second, Castro scored and the Cubs took a 2-1 lead. Soriano grounded out to third on a 3-2 pitch to end the first inning.

Travis Wood retired the Padres in order in the second inning.

After Ian Stewart grounded out to second, Darwin Barney hit Jeff Suppan’s first pitch into the bleachers in left center and gave the Cubs a 3-1 lead. Blake Lalli struck out and Travis Wood flied out to center to end the inning.

After two, Travis Wood and the Cubs had a 3-1 lead.

Wood retired Suppan on a swinging bunt up the first baseline to start the third … then started serving up longballs.

Will Venable cut the Cubs’ lead in half with one swing of the bat … a homer to left. Chris Denorfia followed with a single to right but Alonso lined out to left and Quentin popped out to LaHair to end the Padres’ third.

The Cubs did nothing in the bottom of the third.

Chase Headley led off the fourth and tied the game at three. Headley cranked a 1-0 pitch over the wall in center. Nick Hundley fouled out to LaHair for the first out.

Everth Cabrera broke up the 3-3 tie with his first homer of the season. Wood fell behind 2-0 and Cabrera made him pay. Andy Parrino lined out to third then Wood walked Jeff Suppan with two outs. But the mistake to the pitcher did not hurt Wood, Venable grounded out to short to end the inning.

With the Cubs down 4-3, Bryan LaHair led off the fourth with a double to left center. Alfonso Soriano followed with a double to left that plated LaHair with the tying run. Ian Stewart put together one of his better at bats of the season that resulted in a long home run. Suppan fell behind Stewart 2-0 before evening the count at 2-2. Stewart then fouled off four straight 3-2 offerings before getting all of the tenth pitch of the at bat. Stewart cranked a two-run shot well over the wall in center and gave the Cubs a 6-4 lead.

Darwin Barney (ground out to third), Blake Lalli (ground out to second) and Travis Wood (swinging strikeout) went down in order after Stewart’s homer to end the inning.

After four, the Cubs had a 6-4 lead.

Travis Wood retired Chris Denorfia and Yonder Alonso quickly to start the fifth. As Ferguson Jenkins always said, you can’t walk batters on a day when the wind is blowing out at Wrigley. Wood issued a two out walk to Carlos Quentin and Chase Headley tied the game with his second homer of the day … a two-run shot to left that made it a 6-6 game. Nick Hundley followed with a double but Cabrera grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Cubs did nothing in the home half of the fifth.

Randy Wells took over in the sixth and fell behind Andy Parrino 3-0. Parrino doubled to left on a 3-2 pitch. Suppan bunted Parrino to third. With the infield in, Will Venable ripped a 1-0 pitch down the right field line. Venable ran into LaHair and was awarded second on what would have been a double. Parrino scored on the play and gave the Padres a 7-6 lead. Yonder Alonso reached on an error by Ian Stewart but with runners on first and third with two down, Quentin grounded out to LaHair to end the inning.

Alex Hinshaw replaced Suppan to start the sixth. LaHair greeted the Padres’ reliever by blooping a 0-2 pitch into left for a single. Alfonso Soriano cranked a 1-2 pitch over the wall in left, out of the park and onto Waveland Avenue and gave the Cubs an 8-7 lead. Stewart (swinging strikeout), Barney (ground out to short) and Lalli (ground out to second) went down in order after Soriano’s blast to end the inning.

Randy Wells stayed in and started the seventh by giving up a double (right field) to Chase Headley. Nick Hundley hit a 2-1 pitch to deep center. Mather hauled the ball in. Headley tagged and advanced to third with one out.

With the tying run on third, Dale Sveum brought his infield in. Wells fell behind Everth Cabrera 3-1. Cabrera then hit a slow roller toward third on Wells’ next pitch. Headley broke for the plate as Stewart fielded the ball. Stewart threw home and Lalli applied the tag for the second out.

On the first pitch to Andy Parrino, Cabrera stole second then advanced to third on a 2-2 pitch from Wells that was in the dirt. Wells hit Parrino on the next pitch. Dale Sveum went to his pen and brought in Shawn Camp to face pinch-hitter Jesus Guzman.

Shawn Camp struck out Guzman swinging on three pitches to end the seventh.

Reed Johnson hit for Shawn Camp and led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to center off Luke Gregerson. Johnson took off for second on the first pitch to DeJesus, it appeared to be a hit and run. DeJesus swung at and missed the pitch but Johnson slid in safe with a big insurance run. DeJesus smoked a 2-2 pitch into right center that Denorfia ran down for the second out. Johnson tagged and advanced to third.

Gregerson made Starlin Castro look bad on his first two pitches. Castro fell behind 0-2 but did not miss Gregerson’s third pitch. Castro launched the 0-2 mistake that got too much of the plate and deposited the ball onto the last row of the bleachers in left … and the Cubs took a 10-7 lead.

Joe Mather lined out to Gregerson for the second out. LaHair and Soriano reached on back-to-back singles. Bud Black went to his pen and brought in Miles Mikolas.

Ian Stewart ripped a 1-0 pitch back up the middle and off Parrino’s glove into center. LaHair scored and the Cubs took an 11-7 lead. Darwin Barney flied out to center to end the seventh.

James Russell gave up a one-out single to Chris Denorfia in the eighth … but that was all. Venable bunted back to Russell to start the inning, Alonso popped a 3-2 pitch to Castro for the second out and Quentin struck out swinging.

Blake Lalli grounded out to third and Reed Johnson struck out swinging to start the eighth. David DeJesus hit what appeared to be a routine fly to center but the wind kept pushing the ball. The ball hit on the track and DeJesus ended up at third with his second triple of the game. Castro flied out to right to end the inning.

The Cubs went to the ninth with an 11-7 lead.

Casey Coleman gave up a leadoff single to Chase Headley on a 3-2 pitch. Nick Hundley blooped a 0-1 pitch to Barney for the first out. Cabrera grounded out to second … and Andy Parrino popped out to Castro down the left field line to end the game.

Cubs Win!

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As of this writing, Jeff Samardzija is scheduled to face Eric Stults in game two Tuesday afternoon. The Padres might have to skip Stults but have not announced their decision. Stults was hit with a comebacker in his last start.

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