While You Were Drinking (Game 48 CH(N) vs SD)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night at the pub.  Here’s a summary of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

San Diego kicked off Throwback/Brownout/Rub the Cubs’ Nose in a NLCS Loss from 30 Years Ago Weekend by dropping a 5-1 decision to Chicago.  Jake Arrieta made his fourth start of the year for the Cubs and finished the sixth inning for the first time this season.  Jake came in with a 1.875 WHIP, so naturally he allowed only 5 Padre baserunners.  Adding insult to injury, Carlos Villanueva, who came in with an xFIP of 4.30 and against whom the league is hitting .416 when they put the ball in play, threw three shutout innings and earned the save.  It is the Cubs’ first 3-inning save in almost 7 years.

Eric Stults was, well, Eric Stults.  He retired 9 of the first 10 hitters he faced; 7 of the next 11 reached base.  Anthony Rizzo‘s 2 run HR turned the game on its head and erased a 1-0 deficit.  Chicago put the game away in the fifth with two doubles, two singles, and a sac bunt.  Cub baserunners dared San Diego to throw them out on the bases during the frame; the Padres declined.

The Padres had some bright spots – Seth Smith hit his team leading 6th home run in the first inning to stake Stults to a 1-0 lead.  Blaine Boyer, called up today to replace the injured Robbie Erlin, made his first ML appearance since 10 April 2011.  He worked 2 scoreless innings. Yonder Alonso also made a heads up play on an Arrieta bunt in the seventh; he let the pop-up drop, and hung Darwin Barney (#EvolutionaryDinosaur) out to dry to complete the 3-6-4 DP.

San Diego brings back a number of 1984 NL Champion alumni tomorrow as they seek to win their first game on this home stand.  Tim Stauffer is scheduled to face Edwin Jackson.

Recaps

Stults slips up after quick start, Padres’ skid hits four – Corey Brock (MLB)

Jake Arrieta earns first win of the season as Cubs beat Padres 5-1 – Gordon Wittenmyer (Chicago Sun Times)

Petco Park can’t hold Rizzo – Sanders (SDUT)

Quote

“That was good, that was a positive. It was good to see [Blaine Boyer] control his emotions and go up there and let it go. He was throwing fastball for strikes, velocity was good, going after hitters. For us to get two innings out of him was good,” Roberts said.

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Notes

  • Last Padre pitcher to record a 3-inning save was Brian Sweeney, on 16 Sept 2006, against the Dodgers.
  • Alonso, Jedd Gyorko, and Will Venable batted in the ninth; hitting .171, .162, and .199 respectively.
  • San Diego didn’t get another runner to second until the sixth inning.
  • Cameron Maybin does not have a Run Batted In this season in 69 plate appearances.
  • A partial list of bands played over the ballpark sound system tonight:  Modern English, Robert Palmer, U2, Madonna, Wham!, Dead or Alive, Wang Chung, Bananarama, Michael Jackson, Falco, Men at Work, Journey, David Bowie/Queen, Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner, Rick Springfield, Phil Collins, and the Cosby Show Theme.  Oh yeah – the Righteous Brothers too.  Well done @kevhilge.

Apologies for any typos and factual errors. 

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