The Cubs played another close game Wednesday night and edged out the Padres by a final of 3-2. The first two games in San Diego have been one-run games. The Cubs and Padres have each scored a total of six runs while splitting the two games.
The Cubs have seemingly been in just about every game they’ve played in this season. And Wednesday was more of the same. The Cubs scratched out three runs with two runs scoring on a grounder to short and a sacrifice fly.
Eight of the Cubs’ 10 wins in May (10-9) have been by one run. And Wednesday marked the fourth time in five road games the outcome was decided by a single run.
The Cubs are 12-7 in one-run games this season. The Cubs have the most wins in baseball (12) in games decided by one run. The Cubs have played 19 games decided by one run, tops in the majors, two more than the Seattle Mariners and four more than the San Francisco Giants.
The Cubs have scored 166 runs in 39 games and allowed 166 runs.
Albert Almora Jr. and Bijan Rademacher
Albert Almora Jr. and Bijan Rademacher were involved in a scary collision Wednesday afternoon. The two outfielders collided in left center field and stayed on the grounded for quite some time.
Almora Jr. and Rademacher eventually got to their feet and left the game on their own power. Smokies’ skipper Buddy Bailey said after the game that neither player appeared to break anything but more would be known Thursday.
Bailey thinks Almora and Rademacher will miss some time. Bailey explained it may take two or three days to get them both back on the field just because they are going to be sore.
Albert Almora Jr. apparently did not care for the messages he received on Twitter following the collision with Rademacher and he responded to the criticism. Almora Jr. tweeted, “I play the game hard, s**t happens! I will never change!”
Kyle Schwarber responded, “Albert Almora plays the game the right way with grit and heart! Can’t teach that guys! That’s a guy I want on my team any day! #gamechanger” And Anthony Giansanti said, “Albert Almora you’re a wolf among sheep sometime Al, block them out. Keep your head up and keep doing you. You do it the right way.”
News, Notes and Rumors
• Tsuyoshi Wada struck out the first four batters he faced in Wednesday’s game. Wada became the first Cubs’ starting pitcher since Frank Castillo on April 10, 1992 to strikeout the first four batters to start a season. Castillo struck out four Cardinals to begin his season.
• And Tsuyoshi Wada became the first Cubs’ lefty starter with nine strikeouts through four innings since Dick Ellsworth on Aug. 8, 1964.
• Joe Maddon, Dave Martinez and the coaching staff have worked with Dexter Fowler to improve his defense in center. And Fowler is having a good year in the field according to C.J. Nitkowski.
• Joe Maddon is not worried about the Cubs defense, even with his infield being charged with three errors Tuesday night. Maddon told the beat writers Wednesday, “I think our defense has been good. I’ll defend our defense.” And Maddon knows there will be more errors. “I don’t expect these guys to be perfect. I ask them to be present.”
• Kris Bryant extended his hitting streak to nine games Wednesday. Bryant went 1-for-3 with a sac fly RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Bryant has 25 RBI on the season, the most runs driven in by a rookie in the National League.
• Kris Bryant lives up to the hype according to Frank Cesare.
• Cubs’ starting pitchers have a 2.71 ERA over the last 10 games and have recorded a quality start in six of those 10 games.
• The credit card Tsuyoshi Wada found in foul territory Wednesday night belonged to a woman that was on the field before the game.
• OF/1B Mike Baxter was called up Tuesday, but his equipment did not make it to the game on time. According to ESPN Chicago, Baxter had to use Hector Rondon’s cleats, Kris Bryant’s outfield glove, Chris Coghlan’s infield glove and Edwin Jackson’s bat.
• Welington Castillo was activated Wednesday and is scheduled to make his first start with the Mariners on Thursday.
• Bruce Levine reported there are plenty of moving parts to consider in any Cubs-Mets deal.
• And speaking of the Mets, according to a report from the New York Post, the Metropolitans won’t consider a trade to bolster a weak lineup … yet.
• Starlin Castro and Addison Russell were among the players Darnell McDonald talked to following Tuesday’s difficult loss.
• The Reds’ Johnny Cueto is waiting for his teammates to do their job according to a report from The Score.
• It is too early for Chris Coghlan to worry according to a report from the Tribune.
And last, but not least, because he felt bad for sending Jonathan Herrera up to pinch hit against Pirates flamethrower Arquimedes Caminero when he hadn’t been used in six days, Joe Maddon bought him a bottle of wine.
This Day In Cubstory
2013 – Cubs selected Eduardo Sanchez off waivers from the Cardinals
2011 – Marlon Byrd was beaned by Alfredo Aceves at Fenway Park
2010 – Cubs signed RHP Bobby Howry
2000 – Cubs released Andrew Lorraine
1999 – Cubs acquired Rick Aguilera and Scott Downs from the Twins for Kyle Lohse and Jason Ryan
1991 – Don Zimmer was fired by the Cubs and replaced by Jim Essian
1991 – Jacob Turner, born
1968 – Billy Williams set a new record for outfielders in consecutive games played. Williams played in his 659th straight game in a day the Cubs climbed over .500 for the first time that year with a 6-5 victory over the Phillies
1955 – Warren Hacker lost a no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning in Milwaukee when he gave up a home run to George Crowe
1941 – Bobby Cox, born
1936 – Cubs acquired Ethan Allen and Curt Davis from the Phillies for Chuck Klein and Fabian Kowalik
1909 – Senators selected George Browne off waivers from the Cubs
1907 – After the Cubs beat the Giants 3-0 at the Polo Grounds in New York, players had to form a protective ring around umpires Hank O’Day and Bob Emslie. Pinkerton guards had to fire shots in the air in order to try to get the unruly crowd that had spilled onto the field to disperse. John McGraw egged on the crowd.