Rapid Reaction: Padres 3, Cubs 2
August, 25, 2013
A quick look at the Chicago Cubs' extra-innings 3-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.
How it happened: The Padres won a marathon in the 15th inning, when Nick Hundley hit a two-out single off Cubs reliever Hector Rondon to bring home Logan Forsythe. The teams had combined to leave 29 men on base. The Cubs finally broke the scoreless drought in the 13th with two runs off the Padres’ Brad Boxberger. Boxberger allowed two straight singles to Darnell McDonald and Starlin Castro to lead off the inning. After Anthony Rizzo walked to load the bases, Nate Schierholtz hit a chopper toward first base. Jesus Guzman fielded it, but his throw home hit Schierholtz in the cheek for an error and allowed McDonald to score the first run of the game. Brian Bogusevic tacked on a sacrifice fly.. Cubs closer Kevin Gregg couldn't hold on in the bottom of the 13th, giving up a one-out double to Guzman. One batter later, Ronny Cedeno tripled to bring in Guzman. Cedeno then scored on a wild pitch as Gregg couldn't corral Welington Castillo's throw. After the Cubs went down 1-2-3 in the top of the 14th, Rondon also found himself in trouble, allowing two singles to start the inning, but then he recorded three straight outs. The Cubs loaded the bases off Dale Thayer in the 15th, but again failed to score. Cubs starter Chris Rusin found himself in a pitchers’ duel with former Cub Andrew Cashner. Neither starter allowed a run. Rusin scattered three hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings while Cashner went seven innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out seven. James Russell got into a jam in the 12th inning, giving up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Alexi Amarista, but was able to escape.
What it means: The Cubs haven't won consecutive games since Aug. 9-10 over the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Outside the box: Rusin hasn't allowed a run on the road in 19 1/3 innings.
Up next: The Cubs head north to Los Angeles to take on Zack Greinke (12-3, 2.91 ERA) and the Dodgers on Monday night in a 9:10 CT start. Jake Arrieta (2-2, 5.75) will make his fourth start for the Cubs. Arrieta’s ERA since being acquired in a trade with Baltimore is 1.50.