5/30 Cubs sweep Padres
* Darwin Barney’s two-run walk off homer was the first walk off blast of his career. He’s now hit safely in four straight, and is 6-for-13 in that streak.
“That was the first walk off home run I’ve ever had at any level,” Barney said. “I didn’t even see it go out. I was just running, running hard. It was crazy. It’s already gone and past and it happened so past.”
* With the win Wednesday, the Cubs posted their first series sweep of 2012, and have won three straight for the first time since Sept. 10-12 last year.
* Tony Campana gets an assist for the win. He entered as a pinch-runner in the eighth, stole second, then third and scored the game-tying run on Starlin Castro’s infield hit.
“He’s a huge monster asset to be able to use him in those situations,” Dale Sveum said of Campana. “He’s so fast. When you’re losing by one run, you don’t want to leave him on the bench. When anybody gets on base you have to get him in there, even if there are two outs. You hope he steals a base early. It worked out perfectly the way you want it to — it’s not always going to happen that way. You can’t say, ‘Let’s wait until the ninth if one of those guys gets on.’ Well, what if nobody gets on — you just left a great asset on the bench.”
* Ryan Dempster did not get a decision, and gave up three homers, the most he’s served up since April 23, 2011. He’s now winless in his last 18 starts and has a 3.95 ERA in that stretch. Dempster is the first Cubs starter to go winless in 18 starts since Danny Jackson did so in 1991-92. Dempster did get his first hit since Sept. 23, when he singled in the second.
“It upset me today just for the fact that I feel like I didn’t do my job,” Dempster said of his outing. “It’s one thing to go out there and do your job and you don’t get the win, but more important than that, we came back and fought our way back to sweep a series. I really don’t care about [my record] today, just the fact we did such a great job and battle all the way back and have a huge win like that is awesome.”
* Carlos Quentin is 7-for-12 in his first three games with the Padres.
“With Carlos Quentin, I probably should’ve just drilled him or something,” Dempster said. “Looking back at it, holy cow. A fastball in on the black and he hits a homer and a fastball three balls outside and he hits a homer. Maybe I shouldn’t have pitched to him and just worked on the next guy. That’s the way it goes sometimes. Going into the game, winning two in a row, we wanted to try to sweep today. I felt I didn’t do my job very well but the guys picked me up and picked the team up in a big way.”
– Carrie Muskat