Lead by their bullpen and a bunch of big hits, the San Diego Padres took the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Chicago Cubs by a score of 7-4. The rubber match of the series will be played tonight.
Matt Kemp and Brett Wallace combined for 5 RBIs, with Wallace hitting a 3-run home run to give the Padres the lead in the 7th inning. Overall, the Padres offense accounted for 10 hits. They were able to really attack the Cubs’ middle relievers, including Pedro Strop, who gave up a 3 earned runs without recording an out.
Carlos Villanueva, Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer, and Fernando Rodney combined to pitch four scoreless innings after Colin Rea exited the game, with Villanueva eventually getting the win and Rodney recording his 9th save of the season. Rodney is still yet to give up a run this year.
The win brings the Padres up to a record of 14-20, just 3.5 games out of first place in the NL West.