Game Forty-Six: Cubs 1, Padres 11
WP – Tim Stauffer (2-0) LP – Edwin Jackson (3-4) Save – None
Edwin Jackson followed his best outing in a Cubs’ uniform with one of his worst as the Padres scored a season-high 11 runs on Friday night and pounded the Cubs in the second game of the series. Edwin Jackson remains winless against the Padres after just a bad performance.
The Cubs were never in Friday night’s game. Four of the first five batters of the game scored against Edwin Jackson as the Padres scored four runs in the first inning and three more in the second inning. Jackson had allowed two home runs all season entering his start on Friday night and he served up two to the light hitting Padres in the first two innings.
Edwin Jackson had little to no command, was up in the zone and he hung his breaking balls over the plate. Jackson’s ERA actually jumped a full run in two innings from where it started at game time. Five of the nine hits Jackson gave up on Friday night went for extra bases and two left the park.
Edwin Jackson allowed eight runs on nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Jackson threw 89 pitches, 54 for strikes, in four long innings.
Jose Veras kept the Padres off the board for two innings. And Wesley Wright gave up three runs on two hits in the seventh inning. Wright pitched the eighth and ended up allowing three runs on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in two innings.
Cubs pitching gave up a season-high 11 runs on Friday night.
The Cubs offense was non-existent against Tim Stauffer and the Padres pen after showing a very good approach against Stauffer in the first inning. The four-run hole Edwin Jackson put them in seemed to take the entire team out of their game plan. In the Cubs defense, at least four balls that were hit on Friday night would have been home runs in any other park.
Junior Lake (1-for-3 with a double and a walk) extended his hitting streak to nine games with a first inning double. The Cubs did not manage another hit until a pinch-hit single by Chris Coghlan in the fifth inning.
Luis Valbuena (1-for-4 with a double and a run scored) doubled in the seventh and scored the Cubs only run on a single by Welington Castillo (2-for-4 with a RBI).
The offense managed one run on five hits with four walks and were 1-for-5 with RISP (seven left on base).
It took 30 minutes to complete the first inning and an hour for the Cubs and Padres to play two innings on Friday night.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 17-29 on the season.
The Cubs put together long at bats against Tim Stauffer in the first inning, but came away empty. Junior Lake doubled with one out and Starlin Castro walked. Luis Valbuena flied out to deep right for the third out on Stauffer’s 27th pitch of the inning (27 pitches, 17 for strikes).
The Padres came out swinging against Edwin Jackson and he continued his career-long struggles against the Friars. Everth Cabrera led off the first with a single to left. Cameron Maybin pulled a 0-1 pitch past a diving Olt and down the left field line. Cabrera held at third on Maybin’s double. Seth Smith poked a 1-2 pitch into right center. Cabrera and Maybin scored, 2-0 Padres. Chase Headley rolled one to Valbuena at second. Valbuena threw to Castro at second and forced Smith for the first out. Yonder Alonso stepped in and pulled a 1-0 pitch into the sandbox beyond the right center field wall … very close to the same spot Rizzo’s ball landed on Thursday night. And just like that, the Padres had a commanding 4-0 lead. Jackson retired Gyorko (grounder to short) and Venable (swinging strikeout) to end the inning. Jackson needed 26 pitches, 17 for strikes, to complete the first inning and of the seven batters he faced, four of them scored.
At the end of one, the Cubs trailed 4-0.
Tim Stauffer hit Nate Schierholtz with one out in the second, but that was the only baserunner the Cubs managed in the second inning. Stauffer needed 45 pitches, 29 for strikes, to complete two innings.
The Padres went right back to work against Jackson in the second. Yasmani Grandal led off the inning and drove a 3-2 pitch over the wall in left. Grandal’s home run shot up the Padres lead to 5-0. Stauffer popped out to right. Cabrera singled to left on a 1-2 pitch and dramatically stole second base on a 3-0 pitch to Maybin. Jackson walked Maybin and put two on with one out for Seth Smith. Jackson retired Smith on a grounder to first. Cabrera and Maybin moved up ninety feet. With runners on second and third with two down, Chase Headley pulled a 3-1 pitch into right. The ball one hopped the wall. An exuberant Cabrera and Maybin scored, 7-0 Padres. Jackson struck out Alonso to end the inning.
At the end of two, the Padres led 7-0.
The Cubs did nothing in the third and Jackson kept the Padres off the board for the first time in the third inning. After Tim Stauffer shut down the Cubs again in the fourth, the Padres added another run in the bottom of the fourth.
Edwin Jackson struck out Cabrera to start the fourth. Cameron Maybin followed with a double to left, the Padres’ fifth extra basehit off Jackson in 3 1/3 innings. Seth Smith hit a sinking liner to right. Nate Schierholtz made a headlong diving catch that was ruled as a trapped ball. Rick Renteria asked for a review and the call was overturned. Chase Headley singled to right, Maybin scored and the Padres took a 8-0 lead. Yonder Alonso grounded out to second to end the inning.
At the end of four, the Cubs were being embarrassed 8-0.
The Padres took the 8-0 lead into the seventh inning. Luis Valbuena led off the inning with a double off the wall in right. A passed ball with Castillo at the plate allowed Valbuena to advance to third. Welington Castillo blooped a single into center. Valbuena scored, 8-1 Padres. Kevin Quackenbush struck out Schierholtz swinging for the first out. Mike Olt walked. Ryan Kalish hit for Jose Veras and grounded in to a 4-6 fielder’s choice. With runners on the corners and two out, Bonifacio lined out to center to end the inning.
Wesley Wright took over in the seventh and had a bad inning. Wright issued a leadoff walk to Chase Headley. Alonso singled to right. Jedd Gyorko doubled to right, Headley scored … 9-1 Padres. With runners on second and third with no outs, Will Venable grounded out to second. Alonso scored, 10-1 Padres. Gyorko advanced to third and scored when Grandal grounded out to first base … 11-1 Padres. Mike Olt made a sensational play at third base on a roller up the line to throw out pinch-hitter Chris Denorfia to end the inning.
At the end of seven, the Padres were pounding the Cubs 11-1.
And that is how the game ended. Wesley Wright pitched a scoreless eighth and the Cubs could not string together any hits against the Padres’ pen.
Travis Wood is scheduled to face Billy Buckner on Saturday night (9:10pm CDT) in game three with the Padres.