Game One Hundred Twenty-Eight – Cubs 6, Padres 8
WP – Nick Vincent (3-1) LP – James Russell (1-5) Save – Huston Street (25)
The Cubs scored six runs in the first inning on Friday night before the first out of the game was recorded but the Cubs could not manage another run while Edwin Jackson could not keep the Padres off the board. San Diego battled all the way back against Edwin Jackson, James Russell served up another home run and the Cubs lost the opener in San Diego.
The Cubs put together their best offensive inning of the season on Friday night. The Cubs scored six runs on five hits with two walks and a hit batsman off Edinson Volquez in what ended up being a 31-minute top of the first inning. Nate Schierholtz (1-for-5 with a home run and three RBI) hit a three-run home run and Brian Bogusevic (1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI) delivered a two-run triple. The Cubs knocked Edinson Volquez out of the game after he threw 42 pitches while recording only two outs.
Tim Stauffer replaced Volquez and tossed 4 1/3 innings of shutout ball while the Padres mounted a comeback. The Cubs managed only five hits after the first inning and finished the night 3-for-9 with RISP and left eight men on base … the Cubs were 3-for-6 in the first inning with runners in scoring position.
Edwin Jackson actually faced the minimum the first time through the order. It appeared the six run lead would be enough for Jackson to finally beat the Padres. But that was not the case. Edwin Jackson was beyond hittable and the offensively challenged Padres lit him up.
Edwin Jackson gave up a three-run homer to Jedd Gyorko in the fourth that allowed the Padres back in the game. San Diego scored two more in the fifth and a single run in the sixth off Jackson that tied the game at six. Jackson allowed six runs, five earned, on 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts. Jackson threw 95 pitches, 64 for strikes, in six-plus innings.
James Russell gave up the go ahead run in the seventh on another longball. Will Venable crushed a 1-0 pitch from Russell about 450 feet over the wall in right that gave the Padres a 7-6 lead. Blake Parker served up Jedd Gyorko’s second home run of the night in the eighth inning.
The Padres scored all eight of their runs on three home runs and two triples. San Diego scored in every inning after the third and pounded Cubs’ pitching like they were taking batting practice.
Junior Lake (3-for-5 with a run scored) had another good game while both Starlin Castro (1-for-5 with a run scored) and Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored) collected two of the Cubs’ ten hits.
A team, no matter their record, is supposed to win a game in which they score six runs in the first inning. But the Cubs found another way to lose a ballgame.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 20 games under .500 with a 54-74 record.
Starlin Castro led off the game by reaching on a throwing error by Chase Headley. Castro hit a routine grounder to third but Headley’s throw across was a little high and Alonso was not able to keep his foot on the bag. Anthony Rizzo singled to left (1-2 pitch). Dioner Navarro gave the Cubs a 1-0 lead when his single to center plated Castro. Schierholtz stepped in with runners on first and second with no outs.
Nate Schierholtz launched a 2-2 pitch into the new seats beyond the right field wall. Schierholtz’s 19th homer of the season gave the Cubs a 4-0 lead … last season the ball Schierholtz hit would not have left the park.
Junior Lake followed Schierholtz’s homer with an infield single to the hole at short. Edinson Volquez then hit Donnie Murphy and put runners on first and second with no outs for Bogusevic.
Brian Bogusevic pulled a 1-2 pitch into the gap in right center. The ball rolled all the way to the wall. Lake and Murphy scored on Bogusevic’s first triple since April 23, 2012. With the Cubs up 6-0 and Bogusevic on third, Darwin Barney walked … the eighth straight batter to reach to start the game.
Edwin Jackson pulled a 1-2 pitch toward third. Bogusevic broke with the pitch and was eventually tagged out (5-2-5) for the first out of the inning. Castro flied out to right. Barney tagged and advanced to third with two outs. Volquez continued to labor and walked Rizzo to load the bases.
Bud Black decided that was enough for Volquez and went to his pen for Tim Stauffer. Navarro grounded out to short to end the inning.
The Cubs scored six runs on five hits with two walks and a hit batsman in what turned out to be a 31-minute first inning.
Edwin Jackson retired the side in order on 10 pitches, seven for strikes, in the first inning.
The game remained 6-0 Cubs through the second and third innings.
Edwin Jackson took the hill for the bottom of the fourth with a 6-0 lead after throwing 33 pitches, 24 for strikes, over the first three innings. Will Venable led off the inning with a single to center. Chris Denorfia flied out to right. With the Cubs in the shift, Yonder Alonso reached on an infield single to short. Castro made an excellent diving stop to keep the ball in the infield.
Jedd Gyorko launched a 1-1 pitch from Jackson over the wall in left center … and just like that the Cub’s lead was cut to 6-3. Chase Headley followed with an infield single. Headley pulled a 3-1 pitch down the first baseline. Rizzo made an excellent diving stop in foul territory but could not get the out. Amarista lined into a 5-3 double play to end the inning. Jackson threw 50 pitches, 34 for strikes, over the first four innings.
After four complete, the Cubs led 6-3 with a very shaky Edwin Jackson on the hill.
The Cubs managed a two-out single by Darwin Barney off Tim Stauffer in the fifth, but that was all.
Logan Forsythe led off the fifth and hit a routine grounder toward third on a 3-2 pitch. Murphy fielded the ball cleanly but airmailed his throw to first. Rizzo had to make a leaping catch to keep the ball from ending up in the stands. Nick Hundley singled to right and the Padres had two on with no outs.
Mark Kotsay hit for Tim Stauffer and hit a weak grounder toward third (1-2 pitch). Murphy threw out Kotsay at first but both runners moved up ninety feet.
Will Venable stepped in and launched Jackson’s first pitch to deep right center. The ball hit off the wall. Forsythe and Hundley scored on a triple by Will Venable … and the Cubs’ lead was reduced to one run. Sveum brought his infield in with the tying run on third and one down. Chris Denorfia dribbled a 1-2 pitch up the first baseline. Rizzo fielded the ball, checked on Venable and tagged out Denorfia for the second out. Yonder Alonso flied out to left on a 3-0 pitch to end the inning. Jackson threw 71 pitches, 47 for strikes, over the first five innings.
Starlin Castro led off the sixth with a single to right off Dale Thayer. Rizzo struck out looking. Dioner Navarro reached on a swinging bunt toward third and the Cubs had runners on first and second with one out. Schierholtz grounded into a 3-6 force out. With runners on the corners, two down and Junior Lake at the plate, Thayer threw to third to hold Castro close. Schierholtz took off for second and could not get caught in a rundown to allow Castro to score. Schierholtz was tagged out (1-5-4-3) to end the inning.
Edwin Jackson caught Gyorko looking at a 1-2 pitch to start the sixth. Chase Headley just missed tying the game and settled for a double off the wall in left center. Bogusevic appeared to have a play on the ball but he could not haul it in. Amarista flied out to left center for the second out.
Logan Forsythe drove a 1-0 pitch to deep right center. The ball hit off of Schierholtz’s glove, Forsythe ended up a third with a triple and Headley scored the tying run. Jackson struck out Nick Hundley swinging to end the inning.
At the end of six complete, the game was tied at six.
Junior Lake did all he could in the seventh to score a run. Lake reached on a bunt single to start the inning, tagged and advanced to second when Murphy flied out to center. But Bogusevic struck out swinging and Nick Vincent retired Barney on a pop out to first for the third out.
Edwin Jackson stayed in and started the seventh after throwing 90 pitches, 61 for strikes, over the first six innings. Ronny Cedeno hit for Vincent and reached on an infield single to the third base side of the mound. Sveum went to his pen for James Russell. Ronny Cedeno took off for second too early and was picked off.
Will Venable then crushed a 1-0 pitch from Russell. The ball traveled around 450 feet out to right and the Padres took a 7-6 lead. Russell retired Denorfia and Alonso to end the inning … but the damage had been done.
At the end of seven, the Cubs trailed 7-6.
The Cubs did nothing against Luke Gregerson in the eighth.
Jedd Gyorko hit his second longball of the night in the eighth off of Blake Parker that gave the Padres a two-run lead.
Junior Lake reached with a two-out single off of Huston Street in the ninth, took second on defensive indifference but Donnie Murphy tapped back to the mound to end the game.
Jeff Samardzija faces Eric Stults on Saturday night.