Cubs 2, Padres 1(11)

Reed Johnson knows that when given the chance, he needs to come

through.

The reserve Cubs outfielder was near perfect at the plate on

Wednesday as the Cubs split a day-night doubleheader with the

Padres.

Johnson first slammed a game-winning home run in game one for a

2-1 victory. He then went went 3-for-4 in game two at Wrigley Field

as the Cubs closed the series with two wins in three games.

”In a situation I’ve been in the last couple of years of my

career it’s easy to lay down and stop making those efforts because

you’re not playing as much,” said Johnson, who went 4-for-5 on the

day and saw his average jump from .181 to .375.

”But when opportunity comes – whether it’s injury or you’re

called upon late in the game to help win a game – if you continue

to put that work in and that preparation in usually you’re going to

be more successful than not.”

Johnson’s bid for a perfect day fell short in the ninth inning

of game two when he grounded out in his final at-bat.

The Padres never trailed in the second game as Ryan Ludwick

collected three hits, including one of the Padres’ three home runs

in a 5-4 decision.

Cameron Maybin and Chris Denorfia also homered off Cubs starter

James Russell (1-3) as the Padres rebounded from a 2-1 loss in 11

innings in the afternoon opener. The teams were forced to play the

doubleheader after Tuesday night’s game was rained out.

After losing in Game 1 on Johnson’s homer, San Diego took the

lead for good in the second inning of the nightcap on Ludwick’s

two-run shot. Maybin extended the lead to 3-0 with his homer in the

fourth, and Denorfia connected on a solo home run in the fifth.

”The bats came alive,” Padres manager Bud Black said. ”We all

had some good at-bats the second game. It’s good to see us bounce

back after a loss in the first game.”

Johnson drove home Alfonso Soriano in the fifth for Chicago, and

Soriano added a two-run homer in the eighth inning, but it wasn’t

enough to come all the way back.

Aaron Harang (4-0) gave up two runs over six innings before

turning it over to the bullpen. Chad Qualls gave up Soriano’s

homer, which got Chicago within 5-4, but Heath Bell worked around a

two-out single by Kosuke Fukudome in the ninth inning for his fifth

save.

The opening game of the doubleheader also came down to the

wire.

The Cubs led 1-0 when starting pitcher Matt Garza left after six

innings. He scattered six hits and walked three while striking out

nine – and even scored the Cubs’ first run, on a single by Marlon

Byrd in the third inning.

The Padres tied the game in the ninth against Carlos Marmol,

when Maybin walked, stole second, went to third on Will Venable’s

bunt single and scored on Josh Barlett’s sacrifice fly.

Johnson connected in the 11th off Luke Gregerson (0-1), the

fifth Padres pitcher, for the game-winning homer. Reliever Jeff

Samardzija (1-0) worked two innings for the victory.

Chicago could have prevented Game 1 from being so tight,

squandering a chance in the third inning. After Garza scored, the

Cubs loaded the bases with two outs. Carlos Pena grounded out to

end the inning, leaving the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead.

The Padres threatened in the sixth when Garza walked the bases

loaded with one out, but he escaped the jam by getting Brad Hawpe

to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Quade pulled Garza after six innings and employed three relief

pitchers in the seventh to prevent the Padres from scoring.

Left-hander Sean Marshall walked Orlando Hudson to load the bases

with two outs before getting Headley to ground out with a full

count.

”(Personal) wins don’t matter,” Garza said. ”As long as we

get that big one, that big W that goes on our side. Any way we can

do it, I’m all for it. If I don’t win a game all year, but we win

my games it doesn’t bother me one bit.”

After the Padres tied it in the ninth, Mike Adams gave up a

two-out single to Fukudome, ending a streak of 28 consecutive

batters retired.

San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the 11th, but Headley

and Hundley each flied out to end the threat.’

Notes: Fukudome was out of the Game 1 starting lineup, but the

outfielder entered the game in the seventh in right field. His wife

delivered a baby girl, the couple’s second child, on Tuesday in

Chicago … Tuesday’s rainout was the first of the season for

either team. Conditions on Wednesday were overcast and dry with

temperatures in the 40s. … With a Thursday home game with

Philadelphia, the Padres planned a quick departure from

Chicago.