Wallace helps Padres end Cubs' 8-game win streak

May 11th, 2016

CHICAGO -- Brett Wallace smacked a three-run homer in a four-run seventh-inning rally to lift the Padres to a 7-4 victory over the Cubs on Wednesday afternoon in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Wrigley Field, snapping Chicago's winning streak at eight games.

The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the first, taking advantage of a throwing error by third baseman Javier Baez that allowed one run to score and set up Matt Kemp's RBI single. The Cubs opened a 4-2 lead, thanks to RBI hits by Addison Russell and Tim Federowicz in the fourth, but Baez made another throwing error in the seventh that led to another Padres run and helped set up Wallace's blast off Pedro Strop.

"I knew I hit it pretty well, but you never know here with the weather," said Wallace. "So I was just hoping it was going to be out or into the gap or off the wall or something. I wasn't sure. I was hoping."

The loss was the Cubs' fourth at home in 16 games, and they have yet to lose back-to-back games this season. It's the deepest Chicago has gone in a season without losing consecutive games since 1907.

"We hit some balls really good," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "The biggest little yard in North America got us."

The early game on Wednesday was a makeup of Monday night's game, which was postponed because of inclement weather.


Great Wall: Wallace's homer served as a bit of redemption after he had committed a throwing error in each of the two previous innings. Still, since assuming the starting third-base job on May 2, Wallace has taken off at the plate. He's hitting .280/.438/.640 over the past nine games.

"Offensively, you have to love his at-bats," said Padres manager Andy Green. "They're high quality. [Wallace] takes his walks. He's got power. You love having him at the dish." More >

Penmanship: Maddon was worried about overworking his bullpen in the two games, and starter Kyle Hendricks made things easier by throwing a season-high 102 pitches over 6 2/3 innings. Strop, who had thrown three pitches Tuesday night, took over with one on and two outs in the seventh, but he failed to retire any of the five batters he faced. Maddon felt Strop tried to make "great pitches" after Baez's error, when all he needed was to be good.

"If we make the play [on Wil Myers' ball that Baez threw away], we're sitting on the bench shaking hands and everything is pretty good," Maddon said. More >

Maurer power: Padres setup man Brandon Maurer has been red hot of late, but he ran into some early trouble in the eighth when he put the first two hitters on base. No matter. The flame-throwing right-hander cruised through the heart of the Cubs' lineup, striking out Jason Heyward before getting Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to pop up.

"It was a great effort from the bullpen -- four scoreless innings," Green said. "That's not an easy team to hold down."

Zorilla:Ben Zobrist went 4-for-4 on Tuesday night, then he picked up where he left off Wednesday, with singles in his first two at-bats and two walks. He leads all National League second basemen in RBIs with 28. This was Zobrist's second game this season batting leadoff; he's primarily hit either third or fifth as part of what Maddon likes to call the "Rizzo sandwich."

"I've seen him good, and this is about as good as I've seen him," Maddon said of Zobrist, who has reached safely in 19 straight games, his longest streak since 2011.


"I knew he was going to catch that one. I was sure." -- Padres starter Colin Rea on Travis Jankowski's brilliant running grab to end the fourth


• Hendricks extended the Cubs' streak in which the starting pitcher has gone at least five innings each game. This span extends 40 games, beginning on Sept. 27 last year. It's the second-longest stretch since at least 1910; the only longer one was 41 games, Sept. 15, 1926-May 21, 1927.

• The win ensured that the Padres would continue their streak of not being swept in a doubleheader. They haven't lost both games of a twin bill since 1999 in Colorado.

Cascade comes to Wrigley

Rea had approximately 40-50 family members and friends in attendance, who made the 200-mile drive from his hometown of Cascade, Iowa. For the most part, the rookie right-hander struggled, needing 110 pitches to get through five innings.

But Rea masterfully escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth, keeping the Padres in the game. Wallace's diving stop to end the threat would prove to be one of the turning points of the contest.

"We were nibbling early and got the pitch count up, but that last inning was huge," Rea said. "Wally making the diving play -- that was awesome."


Padres:Drew Pomeranz is set to take the ball for Game 2 at 5:05 p.m. PT as the Padres eye their first doubleheader sweep since 2004. Pomeranz has allowed just one run on four hits in his last two starts combined.

Cubs:John Lackey, who is coming off a win against the Nationals, will start the second game of the Cubs' split doubleheader against the Padres. Lackey has five quality starts in his six outings so far. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.

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