Game Ten – Cubs 7, Padres 6 – 11 innings
WP – Zac Rosscup (1-0) LP – Craig Kimbrel (0-1) Save – None
The Cubs had a 6-2 lead in the ninth and Kyle Hendricks was in line for the win before the Padres scored four runs on six hits in the ninth off Phil Coke and Hector Rondon. Zac Rosscup stepped up and pitched two scoreless innings to set up the Cubs walk-off win.
Anthony Rizzo (2-for-5 with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored) worked a one-out walk against Craig Kimbrel. Rizzo stole second with Bryant at the plate. Kris Bryant (2-for-3 with a RBI and three walks) collected his second hit of the game, an infield single that advanced Rizzo to third. David Ross hit for Rosscup and walked.
Starlin Castro (3-for-6 with two RBI and a run scored) pulled Kimbrel’s first pitch into left for the game winner.
For as difficult as the ninth inning was Saturday afternoon. Again, to the Cubs’ credit they never quit playing the game. And it was the hustle of the Cubs’ three and four hitters that made the difference in the 11th inning.
Kyle Hendricks put together a very good outing after a rough start. Matt Kemp took Hendricks deep for a two-run homer in the first inning. But that was all Hendricks allowed Saturday. After Kemp’s homer, Hendricks retired 14 in a row and 17 of the last 18 batters he faced.
Jason Motte and Pedro Strop kept the Padres off the board in the seventh and eighth innings.
Phil Coke gave up back-to-back hits to Yonder Alonso and Matt Kemp to start the ninth. With the Cubs up by four runs, Maddon went to his pen at that point for Hector Rondon. The Cubs’ closer didn’t have it Saturday afternoon and his streak came to an end. Rondon had converted 17 straight save opportunities.
Justin Upton, Will Middlebrooks, Jedd Gyorko and pinch-hitter Yangervis Solarte drove in runs and tied the game at six.
Zac Rosscup was very good in his two innings of work. Rosscup gave up a two-out double to Justin Upton in the 10th but that was all. Rosscup picked up the win after keeping the Padres off the board over the last two innings.
The Cubs offense made Tyson Ross work and finally broke through in the fifth inning after he started running out of gas. Ross’ pitch count was at 99 by the end of the fifth inning. And the Cubs knocked Ross out of the game in the sixth inning.
Jonathan Herrera (1-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base) scored the Cubs’ first run when Yonder Alonso misplayed a grounder off the bat of Anthony Rizzo.
Kris Bryant tied the game at two with his first hit, a broken bat bloop single to center.
Miguel Montero (2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI) had a huge game. Montero gave the Cubs a 3-2 lead with his first home run of the season, a solo shot to left in the sixth. And Montero appeared to give the Cubs enough insurance runs with a two-run homer to right in the seventh. Saturday was the fifth time in Montero’s career he hit two home runs in the same game.
The Cubs once again outplayed the Padres, but the bullpen let them back in. All that matters is the win at the end of the day, and the Cubs put one in the left column Saturday afternoon.
Wil Myers reached on an error by Kris Bryant to start the game. Bryant appeared to be looking at first base before he fielded the ball. Myers bailed out Bryant with a horrible baserunning play. Yonder Alonso followed Myers with a single to left. Myers rounded second with the play in front of him and tried to advance to third. Chris Coghlan made a good throw to Bryant, who applied the tag. The play was not close.
Matt Kemp lined a 0-2 pitch into the future home of the left field bleachers … and just like that the Cubs were playing from behind. Kemp’s first longball of the season gave the Padres a 2-0 lead. Hendricks regrouped and retired Justin Upton on a flyout to right and struck out Will Middlebrooks swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs made Tyson Ross work in the first inning but could not push any runs across. Anthony Rizzo put together an 11-pitch at bat that ended with a single to left on a 3-2 pitch. Kris Bryant walked (3-2 pitch) and the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Chris Coghlan lined out to a tumbling Wil Myers in center to end the inning.
The Cubs trailed 2-0 after the first inning.
Kyle Hendricks settled in and recorded four straight 1-2-3 innings. Hendricks needed 67 pitches, 45 for strikes, to get through five innings on Saturday afternoon.
Jonathan Herrera led off the fifth inning with the Cubs down 2-0. Herrera singled to right and stole second with Fowler at the plate. Dexter Fowler walked. After Jorge Soler struck out swinging, Rizzo pulled a 2-1 pitch toward first base. Alonso tried to play the ball off to his side, the ball skipped past him and into right field. Herrera scored, 2-1 Padres. Fowler went to third on the play.
Kris Bryant broke his bat on a 2-1 pitch and blooped a single into center. Fowler scored and tied the game at two.
Anthony Rizzo went to third on the play and Bryant advanced to second on the throw. Chris Coghlan was caught looking at a 2-2 pitch for the second out and Castro hit a one-hopper back to the mound to end the inning.
After five complete, the game was tied at two.
Kyle Hendricks string of retiring 14 in a row ended at the top of the sixth. Tyson Ross reached on an infield single. Tyson smacked a grounder back up the middle that Castro kept in the infield with a diving stop. Hendricks took care of Myers (pop out to third), Alonso (swinging strikeout) and Kemp (swinging strikeout) to end the inning.
Miguel Montero led off the bottom of the sixth. Montero drove a 0-2 pitch into the future home of the left field bleachers. Montero’s first longball with the Cubs gave his team a 3-2 lead. Chris Denorfia hit for Hendricks and struck out swinging in his Cubs’ debut. After Herrera grounded out to first, Fowler walked and Bud Black decided that was enough for Tyson Ross. Black went to his pen for Brandon Maurer. Soler popped out to Amarista near the left field line to end the inning.
Jason Motte pitched a 1-2-3 seventh and Anthony Rizzo led off the seventh with a check-swing infield single toward third base. Bryant walked. Chris Coghlan grounded into a 4-3 double play. Rizzo advanced to third. Starlin Castro picked up Coghlan with a single to left. Rizzo scored and the Cubs took a 4-2 lead. Black went to his pen and replaced Maurer with lefty Chris Rearick.
Miguel Montero pulled a 1-1 pitch into the construction zone beyond the right field wall. Montero’s second longball of the game gave the Cubs a 6-2 lead. Matt Szczur hit for Motte and struck out swinging to end the inning.
The Cubs could not cash in a Jorge Soler two-out double in the eighth after Pedro Strop kept the Padres off the board in the top half. The game went to the ninth with the Cubs up by four runs.
Maddon gave the ball to Phil Coke and the Padres went on the attack.
Yonder Alonso singled to center (0-2 pitch) and Matt Kemp reached on an infield single to the hole at short. Castro made a sensational diving stop and throw to second base, but Herrera could not hang on. Maddon went to his pen for Hector Rondon.
Justin Upton singled to left (1-2 pitch). Alonso scored and cut the Cubs’ lead to 6-3. Will Middlebrooks drove a 1-0 pitch to deep right central. The ball hit at the base of the wall. Kemp scored, 6-4 Cubs. With runners on second and third and no outs, Jedd Gyorko grounded out to third. Upton scored as Bryant threw across the infield, 6-5 Cubs. Rondon struck out Amarista for the second out.
Bud Black sent up Yangervis Solarte to hit for Wil Nieves. Solarte singled to right on a 2-2 pitch, Middlebrooks scored and tied the game at six. Derek Norris batted for Shawn Kelley and reached on an infield single to the third base side of the mound. Wil Myers rolled a 1-1 pitch to Bryant at third to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing in the ninth … onto the tenth with the game tied at six.
Both teams put a runner on second with two outs in the 10th, but couldn’t push across a run. Zac Rosscup set down the Padres in order in the 11th, his second shutout inning of the game.
Bud Black called on Craig Kimbrel for the 11th inning. Soler grounded out to first base to start the inning. Anthony Rizzo worked a walk and stole second with Bryant at the plate. Kris Bryant collected his second hit of the game, a chopper up the middle that Amarista fielded but had trouble getting the ball out of his glove. Bryant beat the throw to first. With the runners on the corners and one out, Black brought Myers in from center and the Padres loaded up the infield with five defenders. David Ross batted for Rosscup and walked to load the bases.
Starlin Castro pulled Kimbrel’s first pitch into left. Rizzo scored, Cubs Win.
Weather permitting … the Cubs and Padres wrap up the weekend series on Sunday afternoon. Jon Lester is scheduled to face Andrew Cashner.