Cubs Walk-off with a Loss – Cubs 4, Mariners 5

Game Seventy-Eight – Cubs 4, Mariners 5 – 10 innings

WP – Yoervis Medina (3-2) LP – Blake Parker (0-1) Save – None

The Cubs took a 4-1 lead into the seventh inning on Friday night but the bullpen could not hold the lead and the Mariners walked off with a win in the tenth inning.

Mike Zunino delivered the game winner in the tenth for the Mariners, a single to center off Shawn Camp. Blake Parker walked the first two batters he faced in the tenth and Dale Sveum went to his pen for Camp. After a sac bunt by Jason Bay put runners on second and third, Camp intentionally walked Justin Smoak to load the bases with one out. With the infield in, Zunino smacked a 3-2 pitch back up the middle and into center.

The Cubs bullpen was charged with the 15th blown save of the season in 31 chances and Friday night marked the 24th time this season the Cubs lost a game in which they had a lead in.

Travis Wood received another no decision after posting his 15th quality start in 16 chances. Wood was excellent once again and limited the Mariners to only one run while he was on the mound. Wood made one mistake in his 6 1/3 innings, a solo home run by Jason Bay in the fifth inning. Wood kept the Mariners off balance for a majority of his outing and turned the game over to the pen with a 4-1 lead. Wood allowed only three hits but walked three batters and the last free pass cost him a run in the seventh inning.

For the third time this season, Travis Wood received a no decision in a game that he turned a lead over to the bullpen. Wood was charged with two runs on three hits with three walks and six strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings. Wood threw 103 pitches, 66 for strikes.

Carlos Villanueva allowed an inherited run to score after Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz misplayed a ball in right center. The outfield defense actually cost the Cubs’ two runs on Friday night.

James Russell had a rough night and was charged with his fifth blown save. Russell allowed the Mariners to tie the game in the eighth on three hits and a walk. Kendrys Morales doubled in Nick Franklin with Seattle’s third run and Brian Bogusevic misplayed a sinking liner off the bat of Raul Ibanez into a game-tying triple.

Cubs pitching walked seven batters on Friday night and two of the free passes scored.

The Cubs offense did just enough to build a lead against Hisashi Iwakuma. Ryan Sweeney (1-for-4 with a triple, a RBI and a run scored) tripled in Alfonso Soriano (2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored) with the game’s first run and scored when Nick Franklin’s relay throw skipped past Mike Zunino and into the Cubs’ dugout.

Alfonso Soriano put the Cubs up 3-1 with his eighth homer of the season leading off the seventh inning. Dioner Navarro (2-for-4 with a home run) cranked his second longball in as many days two batters later and Navarro’s eighth home run of the season gave the Cubs a short lived three-run lead.

Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a double) and Brian Bogusevic (1-for-4) collected two of the Cubs’ seven hits. The Cubs did not walk one time on Friday night and finished the game 0-for-1 with RISP and left only two men on base.

Alfonso Soriano passed Orlando Cepeda and Tony Perez for 64th on the All-Time Home Run list on Friday night. Soriano has hit 380 longballs during his career. Up next for Soriano is Albert Belle and his 381 career homers.

With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped back to 12 games below .500 with a 33-45 record.

Alfonso Soriano led off the second with a single to left center. Anthony Rizzo smoked a 2-2 pitch from Hisashi Iwakuma to center. The ball almost sailed over Ackley’s head but the former infielder recovered and recorded the out. Ryan Sweeney pulled a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner. David Bell waived in Soriano and he slid in safe with the game’s first run as the relay from Nick Franklin skipped past Mike Zunino and rolled into the Cubs’ dugout. Sweeney was awarded home and the Cubs took a 2-0 lead. Iwakuma retired Navarro on a grounder to second and struck out Bogusevic swinging to end the inning.

Travis Wood issued a two-out walk to Jason Bay in the second but that was all. Wood retired six of the first seven batters he faced on 34 pitches, 21 for strikes, with three strikeouts.

The game remained 2-0 Cubs through the fourth and into the bottom of the fifth. Wood and Iwakuma limited both offenses to a couple of hits while pounding the strike zone.

Jason Bay led off the fifth with a long homer to left center (1-0 pitch). Bay’s solo homer, his ninth of the season, cut the Cubs’ lead in half. Wood settled back in and retired Ackley (foul out to third) and Zunino (groundout to third) before issuing a two-out walk to Brad Miller. Endy Chavez popped a 1-2 pitch to Starlin Castro to end the inning. Wood needed 85 pitches, 55 for strikes, to complete five innings on Friday night.

After five complete, the Cubs led 2-1.

The Cubs did nothing in the sixth and Wood gave up a two-out single to Kendrys Morales in the sixth, but got out of the inning by retiring Raul Ibanez on a flyout to left center. Wood threw 95 pitches, 62 for strikes, over the first six innings.

Alfonso Soriano led off the seventh with a homer to left. Soriano’s eighth longball and second homer in June increased the Cubs’ lead to 3-1. Rizzo struck out swinging and Sweeney fouled out to third.

Dioner Navarro stepped in and pulled the first pitch from Iwakuma over the wall in right center. Navarro’s second homer in as many games put the Cubs up 4-1. Brian Bogusevic singled to right but Barney grounded out to short to end the inning.

The Mariners started chipping away at the Cubs’ 4-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Travis Wood started the seventh by issuing a four-pitch walk to Jason Bay. Wood caught Dustin Ackley looking at a 0-2 pitch for the first out and Sveum went to his pen for Carlos Villanueva.

Mike Zunino drove a 1-1 pitch into right center. Ryan Sweeney and Nate Schierholtz both converged on the ball but did not appear to communicate and nearly collided. The ball hit off Sweeney’s glove and fell in for a hit. Brad Miller grounded a 0-1 pitch toward second. Barney fielded the ball and threw out Zunino at second as Bay scampered home with Seattle’s second run. Miller stole second on a 1-0 pitch to Chavez but was stranded when Chavez flied out to left center to end the inning.

After seven innings, the Cubs were clinging to a 4-2 lead.

The Cubs did nothing in the eighth and James Russell took over in the bottom of the inning.

Nick Franklin lashed a double into right center on a 0-1 pitch from Russell to start the eighth. Kyle Seager pulled a 1-2 pitch right to Rizzo at first. Rizzo stepped on the bag as Franklin advanced to third. Kendrys Morales drove a 1-1 pitch into the gap in right center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall. Franklin scored easily and Morales lumbered into second with a double. Eric Wedge sent Michael Saunders into run for Morales.

James Russell continued to struggle with his command. Raul Ibanez hit a sinking liner into left (2-2 pitch). Brian Bogusevic made a bad decision. Instead of playing the ball on the bounce, Bogusevic tried to make a diving catch, came up short and the ball rolled all the way to the wall. Saunders scored on what was ruled a triple for Raul Ibanez. Russell intentionally walked Bay and put runners on first and third with one down.

Dale Sveum brought in his infield. Ackley chopped Russell’s first pitch toward first. Rizzo fielded the ball, looked Ibanez back to third, then threw to second and forced Bay. With runners on first and third with two outs, Sveum went to his pen for Blake Parker … and Parker caught Zunino looking (1-2 pitch) to end the inning.

At the end of eight, the game was all tied at four.

Oliver Perez struck out the side in order in the ninth (Soriano, Rizzo and Sweeney) and Blake Parker worked around a two out single by Nick Franklin in the ninth without allowing the Mariners to walk-off with a win.

Dioner Navarro led off the tenth with a single to left center (2-2 pitch). Sveum sent in Julio Borbon to run for Navarro. Brian Bogusevic smoked Yoervis Medina’s first pitch right to Justin Smoak … and Borbon was doubled off first. Barney flied out to right to end the inning.

Blake Parker stayed in and started the tenth. Parker issued a leadoff walk to Michael Saunders then did not get a couple of calls on close pitches to Ibanez. Parker walked Raul Ibanez and put runners on first and second with no outs … and Sveum went to his pen for Shawn Camp. Jason Bay bunted Saunders and Ibanez to second and third. Camp intentionally walked Smoak to load the bases with one out.

Mike Zunino drove a 3-2 pitch back up the middle and into center … game over.

Jeff Samardzija faces Aaron Harang on Saturday night.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    I can’t believe we lost that game.

    Navarro has as many taters as Soriano. That’s a pretty productive backup catcher.