Yu Darvish pitched a season-high eight innings of five-hit ball, Manny Machado hit a tiebreaking single and Eric Hosmer had a two-run double to cap a three-run eighth inning as the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 Monday night.
Darvish (6-3), pitching at Wrigley Field for the first time since the Cubs traded him to the Padres as the centerpiece of a seven-player trade on Dec. 29, 2020, didn’t allow a runner past second base after Yan Gomes hit a home run in the second.
The Padres (38-24) won for the fifth time in their last seven games. The Cubs (23-37) have lost seven consecutive games, matching their longest skid since Sept. 21-28, 2021.
Cubs left-hander Justin Steele received medical attention one batter after unsuccessfully trying to field a hard grounder by Jake Cronenworth with his bare hand in the first. Steele remained in the game, but the Cubs had two left-handed relievers warming in the bottom of the inning.
“I don’t know what I was thinking,” said Steele, who had a bruise on his left index finger. “But I was able to manage the pain a little bit going through the start.”
Darvish allowed a pair of two-out hits to Christopher Morel and Willson Contreras in the eighth but struck out Ian Happ to end the eighth and complete a 107-pitch performance, one shy of his season high. Darvish has allowed one run while walking none in his last two starts covering 14 innings.
Yu Darvish’s last seven starts include these performances:▪️ CHI: 8.0, 1 ER, 7 K▪️ NYM: 7.0, 0 ER, 6 K▪️ STL: 7.2 IP, 5 ER, 4 K▪️ MIL: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 K▪️ PHI: 7.0, 0 ER, 5 K▪️ MIA: 7.0, 2 ER, 3 KHe’s been a workhorse for the Padres.💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/kdRv6G08Zq
“Happ is a pretty good with sliders, we wanted to stay away from that,” Darvish said. “So the idea was to go with a four-seam fastball, mix in some slow curves and finish with a splitter. Basically, it went as planned.”
“He’s really a magician with the ball,” Padres acting manager Ryan Flaherty said. “He can get himself back into any count. And he falls behind 2-1, 3-1, and he can get himself back. It just makes it harder on a hitter because even when you get the count in your favor, you can’t sit dead red on the fastball.”
Padres player development consultant Mike Shildt, who managed the Cardinals for 3 1/2 seasons (2018-2021), joined the coaching staff to assist acting manager Ryan Flaherty. “You can’t say enough about what (Shildt) means to me,” said Flaherty, who is filling in as manager while Bob Melvin and bench coach Ryan Christenson remain in COVID-19 protocols.
The Cubs haven’t named a starter for Wednesday, but top prospect Caleb Kilian remains a possibility as long as the Cubs put a pitcher on the injured list. Kilian was optioned by the Cubs on June 5 and last pitched for Triple-A Iowa on July 10.
Padres: LHP Sean Manaea (3-3, 3.52) will face the Cubs on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Manaea allowed two runs in seven innings in a 13-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday.
Cubs: RHP Kyle Hendricks (2-5, 5.22) will oppose the Padres on Tuesday. Hendricks allowed three runs in five innings in the Cubs’ 4-3 win over the Brewers on June 1. Hendricks has been dealing with an achy shoulder.
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source: NBC 7 San Diego