Final Padres 3, Cubs 2, 15 innings
This one was bizarre. The Cubs and Padres played 12 scoreless innings, then a wacky 13th when Nate Schierholtz escaped serious injury when a ball glanced off his batting helmet after an errant throw. And Cubs outfielder Brian Bogusevic was next in line to pitch.
“It was some of the weirdest baseball games I’ve seen,” said Padres starter Andrew Cashner.
Nick Hundley smacked a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the 15th Sunday to lift the Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs, ending a long day.
The Cubs took a 2-0 lead in the 13th. Pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald singled to lead off against Brad Boxberger, and reached third on a hit-and-run single by Starlin Castro. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno had shifted toward second on the play. Anthony Rizzo walked to load the bases, and Schierholtz hit a ball to first baseman Jesus Guzman, who threw home, but the ball deflected off the left side of Schierholtz’s batting helmet and hit him on the shoulder. Schierholtz was safe on the fielder’s choice, and a run scored on the error. Bogusevic then lofted a sacrifice fly to right for a 2-0 lead.
“I’ve never seen that one before,” Sveum said of the Schierholtz play.
Schierholtz was lifted after that inning but it was because he tweaked his back on the swing, and not because of the ball. He stumbled out of the batter’s box because of his back, and that may have saved him because he put his head down as he ran.
“It was just a nightmare of a play, I guess,” Schierholtz said. “I think [my back] is the reason I fell in the box.”
In the bottom of the 13th, the Padres rallied against Kevin Gregg. Guzman doubled and scored one out later on Ronny Cedeno’s triple. On Gregg’s second pitch to Alexi Amarista, the ball skipped for a wild pitch, and Cedeno scored to tie the game at 2.
Chicago loaded the bases with one out in the 15th, but the Padres got Junior Lake and Donnie Murphy to both ground out. With one out in the San Diego 15th against Hector Rondon, Logan Forsythe singled and moved up on Cedeno’s groundout. Amarista was intentionally walked, and Hundley lined a 1-1 pitch to center for the game-winner.
This was the first time since April 18, 2011, that the Cubs have played an extra inning game after not scoring a run through nine innings, and that game also was against the Padres, but played at Wrigley Field.
– Carrie Muskat