Game Thirty-Two – Cubs 4, Padres 7
WP – Carlos Villanueva (1-0) LP – Pedro Strop (1-1, BS 2) Save – Fernando Rodney (9)
Game one of the day-night doubleheader against the Padres went south with two outs in the seventh inning. Kyle Hendricks turned the game over to Pedro Strop with two down and a man on first with the Cubs leading 4-2. The Padres scored four runs, all with two outs in the seventh, with the big hit coming off the bat of Brett Wallace, a three-run homer off Strop, and the Cubs eight-game winning streak came to an end.
The Cubs played a sloppy game in the field and did not tack on to the lead when they had a chance. The Cubs were still in position to win the game before mistakes caught up with them in the seventh.
Addison Russell (2-for-4 with a double, a walk, two runs scored and a RBI), Ben Zobrist (2-for-3 with two walks, a run scored and a RBI), Anthony Rizzo (1-for-3 with two walks and a RBI) and Tim Federowicz (1-for-4 with a double and a RBI) drove in the four runs. The Cubs finished the game 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base.
Javier Baez (0-for-4 with a HBP and a run scored) was charged with two throwing errors that gave the Padres two runs, the second would have been the third out in the seventh inning.
Kyle Hendricks settled in after a wobbly start and put together a very good outing. Hendricks pitched a lot better than his final line indicates. Hendricks retired 10 in a row, six on strikeouts, before a two-out bunt single by Travis Jankowski ended his day.
Hendricks appeared to get stronger as the game progressed. Hendricks kept the ball down, pitched ahead in the count and pounded the zone.
Pitchers’ wins and losses are irrelevant it is all about the team. With that said, Hendricks deserved a win for the way he pitched Wednesday afternoon.
Kyle Hendricks was charged with three runs, two earned, on six hits with a walk and eight strikeouts, one shy of his career-high. Hendricks made 102 pitches, 66 for strikes, in 6 2/3 innings.
Pedro Strop gave up the big blast to Brett Wallace and was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks without recording an out. Neil Ramirez really struggled. Ramirez walked three, struck out two and allowed a run on a hit in 1 1/3 innings. Clayton Richard completed a 1-2-3 ninth inning.
Here’s how game one of the day-night doubleheader played out …
The Padres jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with help from the Cubs defense. Hendricks walked Travis Jankowski to start the game. Jankowski stole second on a 1-0 pitch to Wil Myers. Baez fielded a routine grounder from Myers. But his throw to first sailed and ended up in the stands. Jankowski jogged home on the two-base error, and Myers went to second … 1-0 Padres. Matt Kemp ripped Hendricks’ first pitch into right center. Myers scored, 2-0 Padres. Hendricks struck out Brett Wallace swinging. Derek Norris singled to left center and put runners on first and second with one out.
The Cubs woke up and back-to-back defensive plays kept the first inning from getting out of hand. Hendricks made a good pickup on a ball to the third base side of the mound and threw out Dickerson at first base. With runners on second and third with two down, Jose Pirela hit a slow roller toward short that Addison Russell charged, made a barehanded pick and threw out Pirela at first to end the inning. Hendricks made 28 pitches in the first, 16 for strikes.
The Cubs made a dent in the Padres 2-0 lead in the first. Ben Zobrist singled to left center. Jason Heyward walked. After Bryant flied out to right, Anthony Rizzo singled to center (2-1 pitch), Zobrist scored … 2-1 Padres. With runners on the corners and one out, Jorge Soler popped out to first and Baez lined out to short for the third out.
Hendricks retired the Padres in order in the second on nine pitches. And the offense went back to work in the home half, trailing 2-1.
Addison Russell started the second with a single to right center. Federowicz grounded out to second (deflection off Myers glove at first). Russell moved to second. Hendricks struck out swinging for the second out.
Ben Zobrist tied the game with a single to right center. Russell scored … Cubs 2, Padres 2. Heyward grounded out to end the inning.
After two complete, the game was tied at two.
Hendricks put zeros on the board in the third and fourth innings. Baez led off the fourth with the game still tied at two. Colin Rea hit Javier Baez with a 2-2 pitch.
Addison Russell drove a 2-0 pitch into the right field corner. Baez scored from first, 3-2 Cubs, on a double from Russell. Tim Federowicz just missed a homer to left. Federowicz lined a 3-2 pitch off the vines in left. Russell scored, 4-2 Cubs. Hendricks bunted Federowicz to third. With the infield in, Zobrist walked. Heyward flied out to shallow center. The ball was not hit deep enough for Federowicz to tag. Bryant stepped in with runners on the corners and two out.
Kris Bryant launched a 0-1 pitch to deep center. Travis Jankowski made a game changing catch. Jankowski raced back and caught the ball just before hitting the bricks.
The Cubs had a 4-2 lead after four innings, but it should have been more.
Kyle Hendricks set the Padres down in order in the fifth and sixth innings. The Cubs were not able to add on to the lead. And Hendricks stayed in for the seventh with the Cubs leading 4-2.
Hendricks retired Rosales (swinging strikeout) and Jabari Blash (grounder to third) for the first two outs in the seventh, 10 in a row at that point for Hendricks. Travis Jankowski reached on a bunt to third, Maddon went to his pen and the game quickly got out of hand.
Pedro Strop replaced Hendricks. Dexter Fowler entered the game in the double switch. Heyward moved to right, Bryant to left and Soler left the game. Strop uncorked a wild pitch on the second offering to Myers. Jankowski went to second. Wil Myers reached on an infield single to third. Baez made an excellent stop but he tried to throw out Myers from one-knee. The ball skipped past Rizzo, Jankowski scored … 4-3 Cubs. Strop walked Matt Kemp.
Brett Wallace lifted a 1-2 pitch out to left center. The ball carried into the bleachers … and just like that the Padres took a 6-4 lead. Norris singled to left center. Jon Jay batted for Carlos Villanueva and walked. Maddon finally decided that was enough for Strop. Neil Ramirez struck out Jose Pirela to end the inning.
The Cubs did nothing against lefty Ryan Buchter in the bottom of the seventh. After seven complete, the Cubs trailed 6-4.
The Padres added to the lead in the eighth against Neil Ramirez. Rosales reached on an infield single. Ramirez walked Melvin Upton Jr. and Jankowski to load the bases. Ramirez struck out Myers. Matt Kemp hit a sac fly to left. Rosales scored. Bryant was charged with an error when the ball hit Rosales in the back. Ramirez walked Wallace intentionally to load the bases with two outs. Jason Heyward made an excellent catch in right to keep it 7-4 game.
Dexter Fowler singled and Zobrist walked to start the eighth. But Heyward struck out swinging. Bryant popped out to Myers and Rizzo flied out to left to end the inning.
Clayton Richard set the Padres down in order in the ninth. Fernando Rodney replaced Brandon Maurer for the ninth and recorded three outs on 11 pitches to end the game.
With Wednesday’s loss in game one, the Cubs slipped to 25-7 on the season.
Game two of Wednesday’s day-night doubleheader begins at 7:05pm CDT … John Lackey against lefty Drew Pomeranz.