Who's your daddy? -- Cubs 6, Padres 5

The Chicago Cubs were able to take the first game of the series versus the San Diego Padres on Friday afternoon.

Fernando Tatís Jr hit in the leadoff spot for the Padres and struck out on a foul tip against Cubs starter Jon LesterManuel Margot and Manny Machado followed with consecutive singles, and Hunter Renfroe scored Margot on a sacrifice fly to put the Padres on the board 1-0Franmil Reyes and Eric Hosmer followed with more singles, but the inning ended on a strikeout from Francisco Mejía.

The Cubs didn't do much against Padres starter Eric Lauer in the bottom of the first. Albert Almora Jr and Javier Báez both struck out and Kris Bryant popped up to short to make it a quick 1-2-3- inning.

Machado homered in the third after a single from Margot, putting the Padres ahead 3-0.

Martín Maldonado led off the bottom of the third with  walk. After Lester grounded into a double play, Almora singled on a line drive back to Lauer. After an injury delay, Báez singled to short. Bryant walked, and then Anthony Rizzo hit a grand slam to center field. The Cubs were now ahead by one at 4-3.

The Padres tied it up at 4-4 in the fifth with a double from Mejía.

Báez put the Cubs in the lead again 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth with his 23rd home run of the season. After a flyout from Bryant and a walk to Rizzo, Luis Perdomo replaced Lauer on the mound for the Padres. He got the third out on a strikeout from Addison Russell.

Steve Cishek took over for Lester in the seventh inning. Lester went six innings with 12 hits, four runs (all earned), no walks, and six strikeouts. Cishek got a pop out to second from Renfroe and a line out to left from Reyes. Hosmer drew a walk, but Mejía flew out to center to end the inning.

Kyle Schwarber pinch hit for Cishek in the bottom of the inning and flew out to left. Almora followed with a fly out to center, and Báez struck out swinging for the third out.

The Cubs sent Pedro Strop to the mound for the eighth, and he gave up a home run to pinch hitter Josh Naylor to tie the game at 5-5.

Bryant faced new Padres pitcher Craig Stammen in the eighth and grounded out to short, but Rizzo was able to single on a line drive right up the middle. Russell advanced to second on a fielder's choice and Rizzo to third on a throwing error from shortstop Tatís Jr. Jason Heyward was intentionally walked to load the bases for David Bote. Bote grounded into a force out, third baseman Machado to catcher Mejía, with Rizzo out at home. Bote reached first and Russell scored, though, on an error from Hosmer at first. Maldonado flew out to center to end the inning with the Cubs ahead by one at 6-5.

Craig Kimbrel came in to close it in the ninth. He faced Renfroe in leadoff, who struck out swinging. Reyes walked, bringing Hosmer to the plate. Hosmer struck out swinging and then Mejía struck out looking to end the game with a W for the home team.



Source: FanGraphs


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  • ... and Stropey for the Win!!!

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    That was a pure “Vulture” win there.

  • How can MLB possible award Strop the W ? Pedro Strops should change his name to Pedro Stroke, because every time he pitches,
    someone gets a stroke !
    Kudo's to Theo for bringing in the new catcher. He's made a difference behind the plate catching, blocking, and framing balls.

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    It looks like something is wrong with Strop. Not sure if it's a nagging injury or what but he looks like he needs to revise his pitch selection for now. I also wouldn't be opposed to trying Carl in those 8th inning spots.

  • In reply to TC154:

    There is definitely an injury.

    I got a sore arm from throwing stuff every time they bring Pedro F. Strop in to pitch!!

  • In reply to hoffpauir6:

    I've suffered that malaise with several players over the years.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I don’t think his hamstring is close to 100%. He does need to pitch to keep it stretched out plus continue to strengthen it.

  • In reply to TexasCubsFan:

    You're probably right. Pedro is like Javy, they play through anything. Pedro's effort in the WC game last season should be the stuff of legend. I'll take your idea and see if I can correlate the dates of injuries with the drop in velocity. When a pitcher loses his legs...

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I looked at Pedro's game logs, but haven't tried to match them up his publicized health just yet. His velocity was way down today, his lowest of the season by about 3 MPH on all his offerings. I know it was hot, but his velocity drop today is troubling. Hopefully he just had a bad day, but -3MPH across the board?

  • In reply to TC154:

    Agreed TC I suggested CJ and I know he’s not a stretch run set up man. Too inconsistent and doesn’t always seem confident. But he does have that pure stuff to give the team great months when hes in good form. He’s had some nice outings in AAA and he’s well rested. I’d like to see them ease off strop I also wonder if part of his problem is simply finding his form after a number of injuries. I hope strop can get things going because now theo has to have more concern then he did before about his setup group. That group is mostly reliant on strop being the solid reliever that he’s been in past years

  • In reply to TC154:

    Why not Kintzler? He's the Cubs 2nd best reliever this season. It should be Cishek, Kintzler, Kimbrel as the regular 7, 8, 9 inning guys. Strop is still good, but he's clearly off this whole year. That happens with relievers. In 2019, Strop is the 4th best RP on the team. I don't understand why he's considered the 2nd best.

  • In reply to HefCA:

    We had this talk in the game post and it was assumed Cishek and kintzler May have passed strop already. CJ is jusr another option now though

  • In reply to ronvet69:

    You can throw numbers at me all day long but the fact remains... Strop is not a big game pitcher.

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    San Diego, thanks for setting our table, but I think you dropped a plate or two.
    Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo, your table is ready.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    I'd add Kimbel to that table also.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Usually when a server drops your plate you are rewarded with a free meal. That absolutely happened at Wrigley today.

  • In reply to Jonathan Friedman:

    Cubs were due to have one gift wrapped. They've handed away their share. That said the big bats came through. And there were several examples today of why making contact is better than not. Anything can happen.

  • I couldn't watch today, stuck at work in an oven of a house spraying paint which instantly raises the humidity to 11 on top of the 100° temps. "I'm melting!" What a relief to get in the cool truck and enjoy a W on the ride home with Ron.

    Pedro isn't what he once was, but very few relievers are. I don't know if it's an injury or just the natural decline. I love him and what he's done for us, but we do have decisions to make regarding bullpen roles. I think it will work itself out with the LH addition we will make, maybe Carl Jr., or even the hopeful return of Morrow. But Joe needs to shuffle some roles in the meantime. I want to be clear, I'm not saying Strop is done, but slumps happen and we have to adjust.

    What a refreshing W on a miserably hot day. My go-to cool-down is a couple ice cold beers, and they're already down the hatch on this furnace of a Friday. But David Lee Roth has another suggestion. I don't know that I've ever mixed ice cream and barley pops:

    "I got good lemonade, ah, dixie cups,
    All flavors and push ups too.
    I'm your ice cream man, baby, stop me when I'm passin' by.
    See now all my flavors are guaranteed to satisfy."

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    On the list of things I don't miss? Spray Outs. Especially when the dew point is tropical.

    You da man! Have 3. Or 4. You earned them.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    Sounds like you've been there, my brother. Thank you. And if you know me, you know I'm already on #6.


  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I agree with most of what you say, but seriously, Edwards, regardless of his "stuff", is Strop 2.0

  • Being 2135.6 miles from the Friendly Confines, doesn't stop me from screaming CUBS WIN! Then an hour or two later, I read The Den to find out how the game really went. Strop gets the win? He should get a kick in his keister! Sorry bout the hot weather you guys get. Nice and cool 73 degrees here. I wish we had a National League team here in Oregon. They want to apply for a MLB team in Portland. But a 32,000 seat stadium won't fly.

  • In reply to LRCCubsFan:

    The wind here in Chicago is coming from the West. I thought I heard something, and now I know.

    Cubs Win!

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    In reply to LRCCubsFan:

    For 50 years a 32,000 seat stadium would have seemed gigantic! I remember commercials for the Cubs in the 50's and early 60's that said, "buy a ticket, sit in the sun and if you want, move to the shade."

  • OT: I've been getting more involved with the Wounded Warrior Project. Donating my money, skills, and sweat to say thank you to the patriots who have given so much to protect our values and way of life. I'd appreciate it if you could take a moment to check out their mission and say "thank you" in any way you are able to:



  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    What next ... politics? John would not like this post.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Ain't got nothing to do with politics. Just a great cause for deserving people. You can disregard if it bothers you. I know there are many veterans and caring people here. I try to help.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I know it is a great cause. I get reminded every month on my credit card statement. This not a site for commercials. I think know that better then most.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    Thank you.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    You're welcome.

  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    To put this in a baseball perspective, we did a house a few weeks ago for "Matt", an Afghanistan vet who lost both legs and an arm in an IED incident. He is 33 and a very good ballplayer, as is his 9-year-old son, "Ryne". We built wheelchair ramps and the usual checklist.

    Ryne had bats and balls and gloves, but no one to play with. I played catch with him in his back yard for the week we were there. I don't know who enjoyed that more, Ryne or Matt. We built a chain-link backstop and "home plate" in the back yard, and a local little-league donated a pitching machine so Matt could pitch to his son.

    Ain't got nothing to do with politics. Matt volunteered. I respect him for that.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    I think John might like this post.

  • In reply to BarleyPop:

    That’s a very cool story. I don’t see support vets as political.

  • In reply to Cubs09:

    Who said it was political?

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  • In reply to 2016 Cubs:

    I respectfully disagree with the last 6 words you wrote....

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Yeah, should reread before I posted mu comment.

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  • Poor Monty got whacked tonight :(

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Good maybe cubs fans on less educated websites will shut up about getting a rental for him. In all seriousness though I hope he does well over there and gets a decent contract to set his family up. Just not too well we don’t need another la Stella lol

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I don't think Monty will amount to anything this season. I think he's kinda behind the 8-ball and not stretched out enough to be effective as a regular starter. Basically he's got an uphill battle the rest of this season to catch up to guys who've been playing regularly. Compared to the rest of his career, his K-rate is the same, but his BB-rate, H/9 and HR/9 are way up. I feel like he'll benefit from a reset over the offseason, and then a true fresh start. I hope he's successful.

    I'm fully satisfied with getting Maldonado for Monty. I can see the difference in his technique behind the plate compared to Contreras and Caratini. He's just really sound back there. Great job blocking balls in the dirt! That will lead to more confidence from the pitchers in their breaking pitches. I gotta wonder if CJ will pitch with more confidence with him behind the plate. Also, while he's only rated as average this season as a framer, he's still better than what we got now. I felt like Lester got more leniency around the plate in getting some extra called strikes today. And I seem to remember Mills getting the benefit of some close calls too.

    But the big impact I hope to see happen with Maldonado as a Cub for the rest of this season, is maybe he can have a positive effect on how both Contreras and Caratini work behind the plate. It would be nice to see them pick up some of his defensive skillset (be it blocking, game calling, or framing) and develop into better defensive battery mates in helping their counterparts become more confident and successful on the mound.

  • In reply to Cubber Lang:

    Agreed on maldanado I’ve made it known how much I value catchers that are strong at little defensive nuances at the catchers position such as framing, pitch calling, and game management. Ken rosenthal also reported that the Astros made a serious offer for maldanado. Looks like KC is hoping to turn Montgomery into an asset to trade him in future years. I think he clearly was getting his pitchers calls today and frankly it wasn’t even his best day behind the plate. But he’s also a well respected clubhouse guy and mentor. Should be a nice mentor for the cubs 2 young catchers being a fellow Hispanic catcher. In general I’ve always had a lot of respect for maldanado as a former catcher. That guy just knows what he’s doing back there

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    I see your point, but I look at the Montgomery trade much differently. First I have no idea how players are valued. Houston got Maldonando last year mid-season, and you could argue for less. The Cubs lack payroll flexibility, wanted to trade almost matching salaries. They are close to the next level salary cap penalty. The Zobrist situation allowed them to sign Kimbrel, but limits moves for additional payroll, when & if he comes back. I could be way off the mark. Montgomery has been bad this year, he still has a career ERA of 3.72 in 471 innings. The Cubs get a catcher, without costing too much extra payroll, create a 40 man roster spot this offseason, and Montgomery can be replaced. Contreras is 27 years old with over 1,560 MLB career plate appearances. You cannot go back, but I wish they packaged him in the offseason for anything other than a rental backup catcher. I absolutely think Cubs are going to make more trades this month, but I think payroll is going to be a big factor in the deals this year.

  • In reply to Naujack:

    Agreed on payroll it pretty much puts them in
    A spot where they can’t take on big contracts that teams are looking to move. Even a David peralta I wonder if the dbacks would need to throw in money. With Montgomery I just think nobody offered them much he asked for a trade a while ago which hurt the cubs leverage IMO. Teams see him as a middle reliever/5th starter with versatility. That has value but some teams probably attributed some of his success to the strong cubs infield defense. I just think theo felt he had more value to the team as a potential injury reinforcement at starter, plus he’s usually been a competent reliever before this year. Now several have passed him on the depth chart and he was just tying down a roster spot, while he’s almost unpitchable in the current form he’s in.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    I hope he finishes the season strong. Regardless of what happens he's made some nice coin already. And every time that final out is shown he's still on the bump closing it out. How good is that? Some would say priceless.

    I say.......

    If his agent is worth 2 bits that'll be contributing to the Monty vacation fund for a long time to come.

  • In reply to Cubmitted:

    I think you get it, something that has not been said. Monty made clear that he wanted to start, and I totally get that He has confidence in himself. Every pitcher at this level has to. But either he or his agency, or both, mis-played the message. It was put out to the public that he wanted to start to maximize his future earning potential Not once, or twice, but many times.

    Montgomery himself said on multiple occasions he wanted to start to make more money. That doesn't work in a clubhouse. He became a cancer, and not useful on our staff, and that was it.

    I will always cherish that last pitch of the 2016 season We all will But that doesn't give him a pass for the tension he has caused. I wish him luck, but he earned his way out

  • Boy cards are getting got. They were losing 7-0 and have come storming back to turn this into a 12-7 advantage. I get the reds have a strong run differential but that team isn’t a playoff contender IMO. Their talent is improving but they just don’t know how to win tight close games like some of their more experienced division rivals. Not saying they’ll tank the rest of this season but stick a fork in them in the divisional race IMO

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    *cards are getting hot

  • In reply to kkhiavi:

    Barely hung on to 12-11 win thanks to Votto error and making the last out with tying runner on third.

  • This is really a nice victory, and possibly a sign that the Cubs are going to be good in the 2nd half. I counted 4 infield singles for the Padres today, two between catcher and pitcher, no less. Add in one Texas Leaguer and another weakly hit "seeing eye" single, the blown save in the 8th on the first pitch of the inning, and it just looked like all of the bounces went San Diego's way today.

    But still, the Cubs fought back, and kept fighting. Lester escaped several innings where the score could have gotten lopsided. This is the type of game that winners win, if you know what I mean. They didn't win because they were necessarily the best team on this day. But they won because they did more than what was needed to win.

    The next road trip will tell a better story about this season, but I like what I'm seeing so far after the break..

  • Alex Lange pulled from his start with the Smokies. Nick Castellanos pulled late in the Tigers game. Coincidence?

  • In reply to TC154:

    Interesting TC I’d think Lange wouldn’t go there alone but I like castellanos bat for definitely a guy we’ve all been mentioning. He absolutely crushes lefties (which cubs struggle with) and he’s in a contract year, so I doubt he costs our system like a merrifield. And frankly after today I almost wonder if theo needs to get a better more expensive reliever then we anticipated after signing kimbrel

  • In reply to TC154:

    Could be but do you think losing 12-0 might have had some impact? Cabrera taken out in the same inning.

  • In reply to stix:

    Very possible. All just speculation but Castellanos has been the subject of Cubs trade rumors for a while. We will all see soon enough.

  • In reply to TC154:

    Lange had a tough night tonight, not helped at all by 3 errors in the first three innings. He gave up 4 runs, not sure how many earned, and his pitch count was getting up there. I don't think he was pulled early for any other reason.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Lange was actually scratched from his start. MiLB.com was mistakenly listing him for a while as the starter but if you check the box scores of Tennessee you can see that Hecht got what the Tennessee recap described as an emergency start. It may be injury since we are still without news of anything.

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    Well, disregard that statement entirely. I took pictures of Lange warming up with Pareda in the outfield, didn't even notice that a different pitcher (Hecht) started the game (even with telephoto pictures!). I sat about the end of the 3B (Smokies) dugout, looking at the front side of right handed pitchers, and Hecht looks similar to Lange at that distance, I guess. Even the scoreboard got it wrong, showing "Lange's" pitch count until the 5th inning... I THOUGHT I was paying attention...

  • In reply to Cliff1969:

    No worries there was a lot of confusion around this initially as I just typed out.

  • In reply to TC154:

    The Tigers game was a blowout, and hug watch never occurred. Perhaps it is a deal, but for now it seems to be unrelated events.

  • In reply to TC154:

    I think Castellanos would be a great addition but are his only positions 3B and RF?

  • New revised 30 prospects out , but not yet posted unless you have Baseball America !

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    In reply to ronvet69:

    The biggest change has been the new draft choices. Strumpf, Jensen and Hearn are now 7, 8 and 9th.

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    In the 6th, Milw is losing to Ari 10-4. Milw had a 3-1 lead but Arizona scored 9 runs in the last 3 innings. StL did win 11-10 over Cincy.

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    That lineup yesterday looked like a wing and a prayer. Maldonado with 2 straight starts? Albert again leading off. Bote striking out 3 out of 4 times. Russell hitting 5th? And where's Waldo Schwarber? And we still won?

    Another lefty starts today. Same lineup? I hope not!

  • In reply to Hal McCarty:

    Well, the reason Maldanado has started two straight games is because in the Cincy series, he was 0 for 9 with 4 K's and over his last 7 games he is hitting .167 with that same .167 slugging meaning three singles is all he has. He has not been an everyday player but he was so hot Joe rode him hard. Then when he starts struggling you give him two-three days off to help him recoup. Totally makes sense. Both Albert and Russell hit key home runs in that Cincy series that helped us win the last two games. There are reasons why the lineup is what it is everyday. Lefty pitchers with curve balls is the main reason we want RH batters in.

  • In reply to KJRyno:

    Good points and we know when caratini doesn’t hit then maldanado is the better option. Honestly after watching maldanado work for years I wonder if he’s the better backup option even with victors large hitting advantage

  • In reply to Hal McCarty:

    I see the Cubbies have been pursuing Castellanos from the tigers. He is crushing lefties, I believe .375/.450 range.

    The article said that two midlevel prospects would probably get Castellanos. I think Zagunis and one of the AAA pitchers would do it. It would also likely mean a FDA for descalso.

    Castellanos would really help this team against all the lefties that the Dodgers put out there. He is a better left fielder than Schwarber (barely). Then if you add Zobrist and Happ in September, I like this teams options for october.

    Micheal I have a question. Robel Garcia is really fast. But what is he like as a basestealer?

  • In reply to bleachercreature:

    DFA not FDA

  • Caratini was 0-9 is what I meant to say.

  • If the Cubs could play .500 on the road the rest of the way yet maintain what they do at home they would be right about 92 wins which should easily get them a trip to Atlanta.

  • In reply to Wickdipper:

    Read my mind. Was pontificating last night thinking .600 baseball should get it done. That said I'd feel better with .625.

    Cards concern me more right now. They've under performed all year. Bound to get hot eventually. The way Counsell has had to ride Hader for 2 consecutive years is likely to catch up. Of course both will probably improve themselves before the deadline. Crew gets some pitching look out.

    This is a long way from over.

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    Yea, alot of that was me just being snarky. Never-the-less, that lineup looked weak, weak. I still want Caratini and Garcia in the lineup. Isn't RG a switch hitter too? Almora pretty much needs to start in CF, but leading off? Come on Theo, bring us Whit.

  • In reply to Hal McCarty:

    With a running team and Lester pitching, Caratini guaranties a double every time a baserunner gets on against Lester. Caratini gets about 15% of baserunners attempting to steal. There’s a trade off that I don’t know how to measure versus Maldonado catching.

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    For those interested; We live in Va. and are quite familiar with cubs LH Relief pitcher Danny Hultzen.. Quite a story, use the " Goggle machine" to search him up if you have a few this weekend.
    Anyway , have it on good authority that he is nearly 100 pct. healthy, feels better than ANY point in his career, has the talent and makeup necessarry to succeed at the highest level.. Time will tell obviously but dude is ready .. Book it

  • In reply to John Nesbit:

    Many have been pulling for him for a while. Has to stay on the field and face an MLB lineup one day.

    It would be quite story if he and Garcia end up having big moments this season. Though you'd have to say Garcia already has.

    I still have the feeling an "everyday" player we're used to seeing will be moved if the FO is serious about contending this year.

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