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Cubs 3, Padres 2: Baby Didn't Come Back

Another home run from Will Venable not enough to hold Cubs back.

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1st Inning

Eric Stults gave up a lead-off single, but was able to retire the next 3 in order including a strikeout of Donnie Murphy to end the inning.

Will Venable led off the inning with a single of his own and stole a base so fast that Dioner Navarro had no choice but to admire the wheels. A grounder by Yonder Alonso moved Venable to 3rd, but a hard hit ball by Jedd Gyorko was caught by the left fielder to end the inning.

3rd Inning

Jeff Samardzija and Stults each got a hit in the inning.

5th Inning

Darwin Barney puts the Cubs on the board with a home run. I don’t like you, Barney. Purple suit wearing, evening ruiner. Go hang out with your dinosaur buddy from Colorado!

Cubs 1-0

6th Inning

The man, the legend, but he is not a myth. Will Venable steps up to the plate and with one solid swing it is a tie game. A game tying home run from Will Venable. Two nights in a row! He really is America’s Finest City’s Sweetheart.


7th Inning

Well, it’s Barney ruining things again. After a walk to the leadoff hitter, Barney doubled the runner home to give Chicago the lead again. Fox Sports San Diego even made him the star of the game. Barney…

On the play, Logan Forsythe committed a teensy weensy error that allowed Barney to advance to third. Forsythe nearly threw it over the expensive seats behind home plate as Stults watched it sail over his head. Stults’ night was over after that. He went 6 and 1/3 innings giving up 6 hits and 2 walks that resulted in 3 ER while recording 4 strikeouts.Nick Vincent entered the game, hit Starlin Castro and then gave up an RBI single to Anthony Rizzo.

Cubs 3-1

8th Inning

Don’t call it a comeback. Because it wasn’t. But, it was close. Mark Kotsay drew a walk. Venable singled to right. Alexi Amarista then squared to bunt in order to move the runners over a base. Upon contact, the ball rolled ever so slowly, ever so gingerly towards the foul line. As its trek neared the thick white barrier, the small ball kept its distance as three players watched the ball stop in fair territory to their dismay as the Padres load the bases. Yonder Alonso then went the less dramatic route by hitting a fly ball to the left fielder and forced Mark Kotsay to run like the wind and score the Padres 2nd run of the day. Jedd Gyorko sent a ball to left field for the 2nd out. After intentionally walking Chase Headley to load the bases again, Logan Forsythe had an opportunity to wipe away the memory of him throwing the ball at paying customers. Yet, the only thing we received was the third out of the inning via the strikeout.

Cubs 3-2

9th Inning

The Padres came up and went down 1-2-3 to end the game and tie the series at 1 game apiece.

Final - 8.24.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 3 10 0
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 7 1
WP: Jeff Samardzija (8 - 11)
SV: Kevin Gregg (26)
LP: Eric Stults (8 - 11)

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It was a close game and a pitching duel for the first half of the game. Tomorrow, Andrew Cashner will take the field as the Padres look to take the series against Chris Rusin and the Cubs before heading to Arizona on Monday. Win tomorrow, Padres!

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