Contreras hits HR, Baez scores on error, Cubs beat Padres

Replays showed the catcher out in front of the plate allowing ample room for the Cubs first baseman to attempt a slide but Rizzo made no attempt to touch home plate and instead barreled right into Hedges with his knees and upper body.

"It's a cheap shot", said Padres manager Andy Green.

Under rule 7.13, introduced in 2014, a runner may not run out of direct line to the plate to initiate contact with the fielder, meaning the runner can't go out of his way to plow through the catcher. "He took our catcher out".

I don't have any idea how anyone watching that replay could honestly say Rizzo deviated from his path.

"I'd much prefer what Rizz did tonight". I slid in there. "It's a disheartening play". Hedges had to leave the game with a bruised right thigh.

I'm not a fan of the pitching matchup, but if I was forced to choose, I feel a little more comfortable backing Chacin, as the Cubs have had no success when Montgomery has taken the hill. "I don't know how long he's out for". The Cubs had one more game in NY and then had a three-game set with the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Wade Davis stranded the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second in a self-imposed stressful ninth, picking up his 14th save of the year.

Neither San Diego left-hander Clayton Richard nor Chicago left-hander Jon Lester figured in decisions. Rizzo's bunt extended his string of consecutive games with a hit to lead off the game to five while he pushed his current hitting streak to a career-best 13 games. He had allowed only a sacrifice fly to Anthony Rizzo before surrendering a solo homer to Willson Contreras prior to departing in the seventh.

Richard departed with one out, and Baez greeted Yates with a single to shallow right.

On Friday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, he almost made it three in a row to tie the major league record set by Brady Anderson in 1996 for the Baltimore Orioles.

His blast came on the one-year anniversary of homering in his first big league at-bat.

In the bottom of the first, Rizzo spoiled the Padres' infield shift toward first base by placing a flawless bunt down the third-base line that wasn't picked up until he had reached first. "It's just one of those plays where it's unfortunate he had to exit".

Solarte made it 2-0 in the third with a first-pitch homer to left field.

In his last start on June 14 at Petco Park, Chacin held the Reds to two runs over seven innings for his sixth win as the Padres completed a three-game sweep with a 4-2 triumph.

NOTES: San Diego designated RHP Zach Lee for assignment on Monday and claimed LHP Dillon Overton off waivers from Seattle and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

Rizzo did his part in Monday night's series opener against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. He went 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts against San Diego in 2016.

  • Julie Sanders