CHICAGO -- For the first time in his career, Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward turned two double plays in a game and did his best to stymie the Yankees.Heyward made the plays in the first and sixth innings of the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday at Wrigley
CHICAGO -- For the first time in his career, Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward turned two double plays in a game and did his best to stymie the Yankees.
Heyward made the plays in the first and sixth innings of the Cubs' 3-2 loss to the Yankees on Friday at Wrigley Field, and he had to battle a crazy 25-mph wind that was gusting up to 35 mph.
"Nothing was routine in the air today," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "There were some adventurous fly balls."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the last time a right fielder turned two double plays in the same game was Lance Berkman in the Cardinals' 6-4 win over the Pirates on Sept. 13, 2011.
With one out in the first, Aaron Hicks doubled and Gary Sanchez was hit by a pitch to bring up Starlin Castro, who flew out to right. Hicks thought the ball was going to drop, but Heyward caught it and then threw to shortstop Addison Russell to double up Hicks at second.
In the sixth, the Yankees loaded the bases with one out and Chase Headley flew out to Heyward. Castro hesitated, but he then sprinted home. Heyward got the ball to Willson Contreras in time, and Castro and the catcher collided, with Castro's right shoulder hitting Contreras in the face.
"I look at the first time through the lineup, if not for Heyward, we'd probably have a few runs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Second time through the lineup, if not for Heyward, we'd probably have a couple of runs. You don't see right fielders turning double plays twice in a game."
The wind was a challenge for newcomers to Wrigley, such as right fielder Aaron Judge, who had to scramble to try and catch Contreras' fly ball in the fifth. Judge missed, and Contreras reached third on the error.
"I figured out why it's the Windy City," Judge said. "I misread even [Kris] Bryant's home run that he hit; I'm running in the right-center gap and the ball is about 20 feet behind me. Right then and there I should have probably made an adjustment, but on Contreras' ball, I made my normal read and once I looked up I saw it was going to be 30 feet in front of me. I tried my best to get back there, but I just missed it."
Headley has played 20 games at Wrigley Field, but Friday was unique.
"It was a mess," Headley said. "I mean, it's really not baseball, to be perfectly honest with you. The game is not even close to what it's supposed to be played like. You have to play it, obviously, but I'm just glad we don't have to play in those conditions very often. It just changes everything."
Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks was happy Heyward and Co. were on his side.
"It was a real tough day to play out there and [defense] kept us in the game," Hendricks said. "I was battling out there -- it was all defense."
Heyward admitted Friday was one of the trickier days as far as the wind direction.
"You try to do what you can," Heyward said. "You try to be in the right spot at the right time, and expect the worst out there."
Heyward won his fourth National League Gold Glove Award last season, his first with the Cubs.
"Everybody always looks at batting averages and things of that nature," Maddon said. "This guy is such a good baseball player. Even if he doesn't get a hit, he contributes in some way. ... He's a pro's pro."
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.