Monday’s game was delayed nearly 90 minutes after inclement weather blew through, bringing potential for tornadoes that had sirens blaring all over Chicago. Once things eventually got started, it was all about the starting pitchers.
Justin Steele and Yu Darvish went toe-to-toe for seven innings and allowed just one run apiece while neither walked a batter. Steele is just a completely different pitcher when he attacks hitters in the zone and doesn’t worry about trying to miss bats on chases. He only struck out three but induced a ton of grounders and scattered five hits.
Yan Gomes gave the Cubs an early lead with a solo homer in the 2nd and it felt like that lone run might be enough the way Steele was pitching. The Padres knotted it back up quickly, however, as Jake Croenenworth drove home Jurickson Profar with a two-out single in the top of the 3rd.
Scott Effross came in to shut the inning down and gave up a harmless single before getting a double play to keep the Cubs within three. Darvish pitched around a little trouble at the end of his outing but it wasn’t really enough to be called a fake rally.
After Brandon Hughes kept things locked at 4-1, lefty Taylor Rogers came on for the Padres and carved up the heart of the Cubs’ order to close things out. (Box score)
They only managed to score one run, spoiling Steele’s excellent effort. Even if Wick hadn’t surrendered those runs, the bats could do nothing against Darvish and rallying for another score seemed out of the question. They almost got something going in the 8th with a pair of singles before Ian Happ struck out to silence the threat.
source: Cubs Insider