San Diego at Chicago

San Diego
Chi. Cubs
W: A. Harang (4-0) L: J. Russell (1-2)
S: H. Bell (5)
HR: SD - R. Ludwick (2),C. Maybin (3),C. Denorfia (2)   CHC - A. Soriano (6)

Padres start fast, earn doubleheader split vs. Cubs wire reports

CHICAGO -- Ryan Ludwick had three hits, including one of the Padres' three home runs, and San Diego beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 on Wednesday night to split a doubleheader.

Cameron Maybin and Chris Denorfia also homered off Cubs starter James Russell (1-3) as the Padres rebounded from a 2-1 loss in 11 innings in the afternoon opener. The teams were forced to play the doubleheader after Tuesday night's game was rained out.

After losing in Game 1 on Reed Johnson's homer, San Diego took the lead for good in the second inning of the nightcap on Ludwick's two-run shot. Maybin extended the lead to 3-0 with his homer in the fourth, and Denorfia connected on a solo home run in the fifth.

Johnson drove home Alfonso Soriano in the fifth for Chicago, and Soriano added a two-run homer in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough to come all the way back.

Aaron Harang (4-0) gave up two runs over six innings before turning it over to the bullpen. Chad Qualls gave up Soriano's homer, which got Chicago within 5-4, but Heath Bell worked around a two-out single by Kosuke Fukudome in the ninth inning for his fifth save.

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The opening game of the doubleheader also came down to the wire.

The Cubs led 1-0 when starting pitcher Matt Garza left after six innings. He scattered six hits and walked three while striking out nine -- and even scored the Cubs' first run, on a single by Marlon Byrd in the third inning.

The Padres tied the game in the ninth against Carlos Marmol, when Maybin walked, stole second, went to third on Will Venable's bunt single and scored on Josh Barlett's sacrifice fly.

Johnson connected in the 11th off Luke Gregerson (0-1), the fifth Padres pitcher, for the game-winning homer. Reliever Jeff Samardzija (1-0) worked two innings for the victory.

Chicago could have prevented Game 1 from being so tight, squandering a chance in the third inning. After Garza scored, the Cubs loaded the bases with two outs. Carlos Pena grounded out to end the inning, leaving the Cubs clinging to a 1-0 lead.

The Padres threatened in the sixth when Garza walked the bases loaded with one out, but he escaped the jam by getting Brad Hawpe to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Quade pulled Garza after six innings and employed three relief pitchers in the seventh to prevent the Padres from scoring. Left-hander Sean Marshall walked Orlando Hudson to load the bases with two outs before getting Headley to ground out with a full count.

After the Padres tied it in the ninth, Mike Adams gave up a two-out single to Fukudome, ending a streak of 28 consecutive batters retired.

San Diego loaded the bases with one out in the 11th, but Headley and Hundley each flied out to end the threat.


Fukudome was out of the Game 1 starting lineup, but the outfielder entered the game in the seventh in right field. His wife delivered a baby girl, the couple's second child, on Tuesday in Chicago ... Tuesday's rainout was the first of the season for either team. Conditions on Wednesday were overcast and dry with temperatures in the 40s. ... With a Thursday home game with Philadelphia, the Padres planned a quick departure from Chicago.

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Catcher Rob Johnson and closer Heath Bell celebrate the win in which the Padres lead all the way. (AP)
Catcher Rob Johnson and closer Heath Bell celebrate the win in which the Padres lead all the way. (AP)

Players of the Game

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
San Diego

R. Ludwick
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1

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History of home-plate collisions (0:48)
San Diego Padres
Chris Denorfia, RF5131001 .313
Jason Bartlett, SS4010001 .241
Chase Headley, 3B3000002 .230
Jorge Cantu, 1B4010000 .167
Cameron Maybin, CF4221001 .242
Ryan Ludwick, LF4232011 .200
Rob Johnson, C4010012 .400
Alberto Gonzalez, 2B1001200 .250
Aaron Harang, P3010003 .143
    Ernesto Frieri, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
   a- Orlando Hudson, PH1000000 .259
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
a-grounded out for Qualls in the 9th
2B - Ryan Ludwick 2 (3, Russell, Stevens), Aaron Harang (1, Russell)
HR - Chris Denorfia (2, Russell), Cameron Maybin (3, Russell), Ryan Ludwick (2, Russell)
SF - Alberto Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Chris Denorfia (3), Cameron Maybin (5), Ryan Ludwick 2 (8), Alberto Gonzalez (3)
SB - Cameron Maybin (6, 2nd base off Russell/Soto)
CS - Chris Denorfia 2 (3, 2nd base by Mateo/Soto, 2nd base by Grabow/Soto), Chase Headley (1, 2nd base by Stevens/Soto), Alberto Gonzalez (1, 2nd base by Grabow/Soto)
Team LOB - 5
Outfield Assists - Ryan Ludwick 1
San Diego Padres
Aaron Harang (W,4-0) 6922050 1.88
Ernesto Frieri (H,1) 1100020 1.86
Chad Qualls (H,1) 1222021 3.12
Heath Bell (S,5) 1100010 1.13
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 97-66, Ernesto Frieri 22-14, Chad Qualls 18-14, Heath Bell 23-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 1-10, Chad Qualls 1-0, Heath Bell 1-1
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 25, Ernesto Frieri 4, Chad Qualls 5, Heath Bell 4
Chicago Cubs
Kosuke Fukudome, RF5020011 .375
Darwin Barney, 2B5021022 .309
Starlin Castro, SS4010003 .375
Aramis Ramirez, 3B4010012 .324
Carlos Pena, 1B2000021 .188
    Jeff Stevens, P0000000 .000
   a- Marlon Byrd, PH1000011 .267
    Marcos Mateo, P0000000 .000
   b- Blake DeWitt, PH1110000 .231
    John Grabow, P0000000 .000
Alfonso Soriano, LF4222000 .269
Geovany Soto, C4000012 .254
Reed Johnson, CF4031000 .375
James Russell, P1000011 .000
    Jeff Baker, 1B3110011 .355
a-struck out for Stevens in the 6th
b-singled for Mateo in the 8th
2B - Alfonso Soriano (3, Harang), Reed Johnson (2, Harang)
HR - Alfonso Soriano (6, Qualls)
RBI - Darwin Barney (6), Alfonso Soriano 2 (14), Reed Johnson (2)
2-OUT RBI - Darwin Barney (2), Alfonso Soriano 2 (10)
CS - Reed Johnson (1, 2nd base by Harang/Johnson)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Castro-Barney-Pena
Chicago Cubs
James Russell (L,1-2) 4744103 8.00
Jeff Stevens 2211000 2.45
Marcos Mateo 2200020 6.14
John Grabow 1100100 8.10
IBB - Gonzalez by James Russell
HBP - Headley (by Jeff Stevens)
Pitches-Strikes - James Russell 74-50, Jeff Stevens 22-16, Marcos Mateo 31-18, John Grabow 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Russell 6-5, Jeff Stevens 2-3, Marcos Mateo 1-2, John Grabow 1-0
Batters Faced - James Russell 19, Jeff Stevens 8, Marcos Mateo 7, John Grabow 3
Game Information
Attendance - 35095
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 42
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Tom Hallion, Third Base - Mike Estabrook