Game Four – Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 3
WP – Brad Ziegler (1-0) LP – Trevor Cahill (0-1) Save – None
The Cubs took a 2-1 lead into the eighth inning. Paul Goldschmidt tied the game at two with a single to center. And the Diamondbacks celebrated the walk off after a single to left from Yasmany Tomas off Trevor Cahill as the Cubs lost Friday night at Chase Field.
The Cubs wasted numerous scoring chances and finished the night 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. The Cubs scored two runs in the third inning without a hit. Jason Heyward (1-for-3 with a walk and a RBI) worked a bases loaded walk and Ben Zobrist (0-for-4 with a RBI) rolled into a fielder’s choice that allowed Jason Hammel (0-for-2 with a run scored) to score from third base.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in two of the D-Backs’ three runs. And Joe Maddon’s decision to pitch to Goldschmidt in the eighth with first base open was one of the few poor in-game decisions he’s made with the Cubs.
Jason Hammel turned the game over to the pen with a 2-1 lead in the seventh inning. Hammel found a rhythm early and put together a good outing. Hammel didn’t really make any mistakes and other than back-to-back, two-out walks in the fourth he was rather sharp Friday.
Jason Hammel allowed one run on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. Hammel made 89 pitches, 51 for strikes, in six innings.
Justin Grimm had an excellent outing ahead of Pedro Strop, Travis Wood and Trevor Cahill.
Dexter Fowler (2-for-3 with a double and a walk) reached base three more times but did not score a run. Anthony Rizzo (0-for-4), Kris Bryant (0-for-4) and Jorge Soler (1-for-4) were a combined 1-for-12 on the night.
With Friday’s loss, the Cubs slipped to 3-1 on the young season.
The Cubs scored two runs in the third inning without a hit. Addison Russell and David Ross worked back-to-back walks to start the inning. Jason Hammel bunted, but Goldschmidt crashed on the play and threw a strike to Jake Lamb covering third to force Russell. Fowler walked to load the bases with one out.
Jason Heyward took what lefty Robbie Ray was willing to give him, which wasn’t much. Ray fell behind 3-0 and missed on a 3-2 pitch. Heyward walked and forced in Ross with the game’s first run.
Ben Zobrist grounded a 1-1 pitch toward second. Segura flipped to Ahmed and forced Heyward at second. The D-Backs could not complete the double play. Zobrist beat the throw to first, Hammel scored and the Cubs took a 2-0 lead. With runners on the corners and two down, Rizzo popped out to right for the third out.
Jason Hammel made the two runs hold up until the sixth inning. And might have made it through his first outing of the season without giving up any runs if Zobrist made a play he should have.
Jean Segura smoked a grounder toward Zobrist. He tried to backhand it, but the ball went under his glove into right center. Segura stole second. Socrates Brito laced a ball into the right center gap. Heyward tracked it down. Segura tagged and went to third. Paul Goldschmidt singled to center. Segura scored and cut the Cubs lead to 2-1. Goldschmidt swiped second with Welington Castillo at the plate. Hammel struck out his old catcher swinging to end the inning.
The Segura and Goldschmidt combination worked again in the eighth inning as the D-Backs tied the game. Pedro Strop started the eighth after Justin Grimm pitched a scoreless seventh. Strop retired Ahmed on a swinging bunt up the third baseline. Segura drove a 3-1 pitch to deep right center and ended up at second with a double. Brito grounded out to third. Segura moved up 90 feet.
With first base open and Travis Wood warming in the bullpen, Maddon had Strop pitch to Goldschmidt and the poor decision cost the Cubs a run. Goldschmidt is the one player in the D-Backs’ lineup a team cannot let beat them.
Paul Goldschmidt smacked a single to center. Segura scored and tied the game at two. Goldschmidt was thrown out at second trying to stretch a single into a double.
The Cubs did absolutely nothing against Brad Zeigler in the ninth. Travis Wood started the home half and retired David Peralta on a grounder to short. Maddon went back to his pen and called on Trevor Cahill.
The former Cubs catcher beat the former D-Backs’ pitcher. Castillo singled to left in between Bryant and Russell. Chip Hale sent in Chris Owings to run for Wely. Hale called for a hit and run with Jake Lamb. Zobrist fielded the grounder, had no shot at Owings and got the sure out.
With Owings at second base, Yasmany Tomas singled to left. The ball fell in front of Soler. Owings was waived in. Soler’s throw was off the mark and the Cubs lost.
Kyle Hendricks gets the ball Saturday night (7:10pm CDT) and takes on Zack Greinke in the third of four with the Diamondbacks.