Game One Hundred: Cubs 3, Padres 13
WP – Tyson Ross (9-10) LP – Edwin Jackson (5-11) Save – None
The Padres scored nine runs in the sixth inning and turned a 3-1 game in to a blowout. Edwin Jackson left the game in the sixth before he could record an out with cramps in his right hand. The light-hitting Padres offense lit up the Cubs pen and batted around before the Cubs could record an out. The Padres sailed to an easy win over the Cubs and won both the series (2-1) and season series (4-3).
Edwin Jackson had a typical Edwin Jackson outing before he left the game. Jackson was unhittable one minute and could not find the strike zone the next. The Padres scored two runs in the first inning and added a third in the fifth after the offense cut the Padres’ lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.
Edwin Jackson was charged with five runs, four earned, on seven hits with a walk, two wild pitches and four strikeouts. Jackson threw 87 pitches, 54 for strikes, in five-plus innings.
Brian Schlitter had nothing Thursday night and gave up six runs, five earned, on three hits with a walk and a hit batsman without recording an out. Wesley Wright surrendered a run on four hits with two strikeouts as he recorded all three outs in the sixth inning.
The Padres sent 15 batters to the plate in the sixth inning and scored nine runs.
The Padres set a new-season high in runs scored Thursday night. San Diego’s previous high in runs scored for the year was set on May 23 against the Cubs in a game started by Edwin Jackson.
The Cubs offense did very little against Tyson Ross. Ross tied his career-high in strikeouts (10) by the fifth inning and set a new career-high Thursday night. Ross struck out 11 while allowing one run on five hits with one free pass in six innings.
Luis Valbuena (1-for-4 with a RBI) drove in Anthony Rizzo (1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored) in the fourth inning and cut the Padres lead to 2-1 at the time. The Cubs other two runs scored in the eighth inning with the game well out of hand.
Arismendy Alcantara (2-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base) scored on a single from Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with a RBI and a walk). And Anthony Rizzo scored on a Chris Coghlan (1-for-4 with a RBI) single.
With the two hits on Thursday night, Starlin Castro has 800 hits in his career and is the 58th player to have 800-plus hits in a Cubs uniform. Castro has the most hits through age 24-season than any other player in Cubs history (Ron Santo 760; Bill Dahlen 641; Phil Cavarretta 621; Woody English 621)
With Thursday’s loss, the Cubs dropped to 41-59 on the season.
Edwin Jackson made quick work of Amarista (swinging strikeout) and Solarte (flyout to right), but Seth Smith blooped a single into left center. Jackson could not put away Grandal and he pulled a 2-2 pitch past a diving Rizzo and down the right field line. The ball stuck under the padding and Smith scored all the way from first base on a triple by Yasmani Grandal. Will Venable singled to center, Grandal scored and the Padres took a 2-0 lead. Jackson struck out Jake Goebbert swinging to end the inning … 24 pitches for Jackson after one inning, 17 for strikes.
Tyson Ross struck out two of the three batters he faced in the first inning (14 pitches, nine for strikes) and after one inning, the Cubs trailed 2-0.
Edwin Jackson kept the Padres off the board in the second, third and fourth innings. Jackson needed 60 pitches, 41 for strikes, to complete four innings on Thursday night.
Anthony Rizzo led off the fourth with the Cubs second hit, a single to right. Starlin Castro followed with a single to right center. Rizzo advanced to third with no outs. Tyson Ross struck out Chris Coghlan swinging (1-2 pitch). Luis Valbuena singled to right, flipped hit bat and Rizzo scored, 2-1 Padres. Castro stopped at second with one down. Sweeney hit a soft liner to Amarista at short for the second out. John Baker stepped in with two on and Rivera threw behind Castro and tried to pick him off second. Rivera’s throw was well of the mark and ended up in center. Castro and Valbuena moved up ninety feet. But Ross struck out Baker swinging to end the inning. Ross threw 70 pitches, 47 for strikes, in four innings.
After four complete, the Cubs trailed 2-1.
In typical Edwin Jackson fashion, he gave the run the offense scored in the previous half inning right back. Jackson fell behind Rene Rivera 3-1 and served up a fastball right down the middle of the plate. Rivera launched the 91 mph fastball into the bleachers in left … and the Padres took a 3-1 lead. Tyson Ross reached on an infield single and advanced to second with Amarista at the plate on a wild pitch. Amarista flied out to left for the first out. Another wild pitch, this one was with Solarte at the plate allowed Ross to move to third. Jackson struck out Solarte looking and Smith grounded out to short for the third out. Jackson needed 80 pitches, 53 for strikes, to complete five innings.
The Cubs put runners on first and third with two outs in the fifth after Alcantara reached on an infield single with two outs and Rizzo reached on a wild pitch in the dirt on a 3-2 pitch that Rizzo swung at and missed. After a lengthy review, it was determined the ball did not hit Rizzo. Starlin Castro grounded out to short for the third out. Tyson Ross threw 94 pitches, 62 for strikes, in five innings.
After five innings, the Cubs trailed 3-1.
Edwin Jackson took the hill for the sixth inning and walked Grandal before he gave up a single to Venable. At that point, Jackson started looking at his hand. P.J. Mainville, the Cubs trainer, made his way to the mound. After Rick Renteria joined the conversation, Jackson left the game. Reports later in the inning indicated he left the game with cramping in his right hand.
Brian Schlitter replaced Jackson and the game quickly got out of hand. Jake Goebbert singled to center and loaded the bases with no outs. Chris Nelson bounced one toward third. Valbuena fielded the ball but made a low throw to the plate. Baker could not field the ball, Grandal scored, 4-1 Padres. Rivera singled to right. Venable and Goebbert scored, 6-1 Padres. Schlitter then hit Ross when he was trying to bunt. With the bases loaded and still no outs, Amarista singled to center. Nelson and Rivera scored, 8-1 Padres. Schlitter walked Solarte and reloaded the bases.
Rick Renteria finally decided that was enough for Schlitter and went to his pen for Wesley Wright. Seth Smith singled to center. Ross scored, 9-1 Padres. And the bases were still loaded with no outs. Wright caught Grandal looking at a 3-2 pitch for the first out. Venable singled to center, Amarista scored, 10-1 Padres. With the bases reloaded, Wright struck out Goebbert swinging for the second out. Chris Nelson ripped a single into right. Solarte and Smith scored, 12-1 Padres. With runners on first and second with two outs, Rivera singled to left. Venable stopped at third and the bases were loaded once again. Tyson Ross grounded out to second for the third out.
After one of the worst half innings in recent memory, the Cubs were getting blown out 12-1 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs did nothing in the home half of the inning.
The Padres took a 12-1 lead into the eighth and the Cubs scored pair of runs.
Arismendy Alcantara led off the eighth with a single to center off Tim Stauffer. A wild pitch allowed Alcantara to move to second. Rizzo walked and Castro singled to center. Alcantara scored, 12-2 Padres. Chris Coghlan singled to left. Rizzo scored, 12-3 Padres. With runners on first and second with no outs, Luis Valbuena stepped in and fouled out to Solarte at third. Ryan Sweeney rolled one toward first. Grandal, with his team up by three field goals, tried to start a 6-3 double play. Grandal’s throw was off line, and the Cubs loaded the bases with one down on Grandal’s error. Bud Black decided that was enough for Stauffer and went to his pen for Nick Vincent. John Baker flied out to center for the second out. With the bases loaded and two outs, Junior Lake hit for Strop and looked at a 0-2 pitch to end the inning.
At the end of eight innings, the Cubs were being pummeled 12-3.
Hector Rondon made his first appearance since the break in the ninth inning. Nick Vincent struck out swinging for the first out. Amarista launched a ball to deep left that Coghlan could not haul in at the vines. Amarista ended up at third on a three-base error charged to Coghlan. And with this team up by nine runs, Amarista tagged and scored when Solarte flied out to left, 13-3 Padres. Jeff Francoeur grounded out to third to end the inning.
The Cubs managed an infield single by Bonifacio in the ninth, but that was all and the game mercifully came to an end.
The Cubs open a three-game series against the Cardinals on Friday afternoon. Travis Wood is scheduled to face Joe Kelly in the opener of the weekend series.