Cubs take advantage of errors to
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[July 20, 2019]
Addison Russell scored from
second base on San Diego's second error of the eighth inning Friday
afternoon to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-5 win over the visiting
Padres in oppressive heat at Wrigley Field.
With the bases loaded and one out, Padres reliever Craig Stammen
induced David Bote to hit a grounder to Manny Machado. The third
baseman got a force on Anthony Rizzo -- at the plate. But catcher
Francisco Mejia's attempted double-play relay throw to first got
away from first baseman Eric Hosmer, allowing Russell to score and
break the 5-5 tie. Hosmer was charged with the error.
But the more costly error in the inning came with one out and Rizzo
on first. Russell hit a potential, inning-ending double play
grounder to shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. But the rookie shortstop
threw the ball wide of second for his sixth error in the last seven
Pedro Strop (2-3) was credited with the win. Craig Kimbrel, who
struck out the side around a walk in the ninth, earned his fifth
save since joining the Cubs. Stammen (6-5) suffered the loss as the
Padres fell to 1-6 since the All-Star break. The Cubs have won three
straight and are 6-1 since the break.
The Padres built an early 3-0 lead against left-hander Jon Lester.
But it took only one swing from Rizzo -- for a grand slam -- to put
the Cubs on top in the bottom of the third on the 90-degree day.
Hunter Renfroe gave the Padres a 1-0 lead in the first on a
sacrifice fly following back-to-back singles by Manuel Margot and
Machado. Two innings later, Machado hit a two-run homer off Cubs
starter Lester following a leadoff single by Margot.
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Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) delivers the ball in the first
inning against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. Mandatory
Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports
Rizzo's grand slam gave the Cubs a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the
third. The rally started with a line drive by Albert Almora Jr. that
struck Padres starting pitcher Eric Lauer in the back. Javier Baez
followed with an infield single to the left side and Lauer walked
Kris Bryant to load the bases. Rizzo then hit an opposite-field
drive into the left-field grandstand.
The Padres tied the score in the fifth. Franmil Reyes opened the
inning with a single, moved to second on a ground out, took third on
a wild pitch and scored on Mejia's double off the left-field wall.
The teams then exchanged homers. Baez put the Cubs ahead 5-4 with a
fifth-inning homer off Lauer into the right field stands. Josh
Naylor led off the eighth with the first pinch-hit homer of his
career on the first pitch thrown by Strop.
Lauer, who made his first appearance since returning from
bereavement leave following the death of his father, gave up five
runs on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in 4 2/3
Lester gave up four runs on a career high-equaling 12 hits and no
walks with six strikeouts in six innings.
--Field Level Media
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