Padres 3, Cubs 2(15)
On the field and off of it, anyone who watched the San Diego
Padres outlast the Chicago Cubs on Sunday had a similar
The words might have been slightly different but the bottom line
was the same.
”That was the strangest game I’ve seen in my life,” said
longtime Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman.
San Diego finally held off the Cubs for a 3-2 win in 15 innings,
a game that was scoreless until Chicago scored twice in the 13th
inning, only to be matched by the Padres in the bottom half.
Coleman, a New York Yankees infielder from 1949-57, has spent
many of his 88 years in baseball. Even he was scratching his head
after Nick Hundley’s game-winning RBI single ended this
The Cubs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 13th thanks in part to Padres
first baseman Jesus Guzman hitting Nick Schierholtz’s helmet with a
throw after Schierholtz left the batter’s box on what looked to be
a potential bases-loaded, double play.
”I’ve never seen that one before,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum
Schierholtz said he got out of the box in an awkward manner
because he tweaked his back on the swing. They he got plunked by
”Just a nightmare of a play,” said Schierholtz, who said his
back and head are probably fine.
The Padres tied it when Ronny Cedeno made a daring dash to the
plate on Kevin Gregg’s wild pitch after Cedeno had tripled with two
”I don’t think Ronny saw (the ball) immediately,” Padres
manager Bud Black said. ”Where he is, where the ball is and where
the catcher is, it’s not a great view. You don’t know how far the
ball is going to come toward our dugout.
”He picked it up and made a decision to go. But if there was a
good throw and tag, he probably would have been out.”
Instead, Hundley recorded the third game-winning hit of his
career and his first since he belted a home run on May 30, 2010,
”Any time you go long like that it adds a little more, it’s a
special win,” Hundley said. ”Losing a game like this takes a
little bit more out of you, and winning it builds momentum.”
Black said the victory was big, even if both teams are
The Padres (59-71) are fourth in the NL West, while the
last-place Cubs (55-75) have dropped 11 of 14.
”It was a fantastic win when it looked as dismal as it can
look,” Black said.
Logan Forsythe set up the winning hit with a one-out single
against Hector Rondon (2-1). He moved up on a groundout before
Alexi Amarista was intentionally walked.
Hundley then lined a clean single into center field, scoring
Forsythe easily and giving San Diego its third win in four games.
Dale Thayer (2-3) wiggled out of a jam in the top half to get the
The game lasted 5 hours, 13 minutes, and the teams used 15
pitchers. But it wasn’t even the longest game of the weekend as
Arizona beat Philadelphia 12-7 in 18 innings on Saturday night.
San Diego looked poised to end the game in the 14th when it put
runners on second and third with one out. But Eric Stults, batting
for fellow pitcher Brad Boxberger, struck out swinging while facing
a five-man infield. Chase Headley looked at a third strike to end
Chicago then wasted an opportunity to go in front. The Cubs
loaded the bases with one out in the 15th, but Lake grounded into a
fielder’s choice that cut down Starlin Castro at home, and Murphy
Cubs starter Chris Rusin allowed three hits and walked four in 6
1-3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.64. The left-hander is 0-2 in
his last three starts despite a 2.00 ERA.
San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner pitched seven innings of
two-hit ball against his former team. He struck out seven and
”Cash threw the ball well,” Black said. ”It was a great game
for Cash to continue to grow as a pitcher.”
NOTES: Cubs C Welington Castillo was back in the lineup after
missing three games with bruised ribs. … Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo
will remain in the No. 2 spot in the order. Rizzo, according to
Sveum, has sparked the offense the last four games. ”We’ve scored
six, four, six and three,” Sveum said before Sunday’s game. ”I’m
not changing anything.” … The Padres will start Tyson Ross on
Monday when they open a two-city, six-game road trip in Arizona.
… The Padres aren’t sure on their starting pitcher for Wednesday.
With veteran RHP Edinson Volquez designated for assignment, the
Padres are juggling their rotation and considering various