May 23: Cubs (17-29) 1, Padres (22-27) 11
The San Diego Padres scored four runs in the first and three more in the second as they never looked back in an eventual 11-1 thumping of the Chicago Cubs at home. Chase Headley contributed three RBIs in the win.
Four of the Padres’ first five batters reached base in the first inning for a big four-run frame. Seth Smith singled home Everth Cabrera and Cameron Maybin before even surrendering the first out of the game. After a Headley force out, Yonder Alonso knocked in two on a homer to right-center field.
San Diego was right back at it in the second when Yasmani Grandal belted the seventh pitch he saw from Edwin Jackson for a solo home run to lead off the frame.
Headley closed out that same inning with a two-run double to right – pushing the Padres’ lead to 7-0 after just two frames.
With Tim Stauffer dealing on the mound, the Padres got the opportunity to just add to that cushion with another run in the fourth on a Headley RBI single to right.
Stauffer exited after the fifth inning with 77 pitches under his belt and an 8-0 lead.
The Cubs finally broke through the scoring column in the seventh against reliever Kevin Quackenbush. Wellington Castillo singled on a soft line drive to center, scoring Luis Valbuena from third and getting rid of the goose eggs on the board.
In the bottom half of the seventh, the Padres just padded their already huge lead as Jedd Gyorko doubled home a run and Will Veneble and Grandal each knocked in a run on groundouts.
In the ninth, Joaquin Benoit came in to put the Cubs out of their misery with three outs.
In the win, Stauffer gave up just two hits and struck out five in an efficient 77 pitches. He earned his second win of the year in his first start of the season.
On the other side, Jackson had a tough time as he allowed nine hits, eight runs, two homers and two walks in his four innings of work.