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The words might have been slightly different but the bottom line was the same.
"That was the strangest game I've seen in my life," said longtime Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman.
San Diego finally held off the Cubs for a 3-2 win in 15 innings, a game that was scoreless until Chicago scored twice in the 13th inning, only to be matched by the Padres in the bottom half.
Coleman, a New York Yankees infielder from 1949-57, has spent many of his 88 years in baseball. Even he was scratching his head after Nick Hundley's game-winning RBI single ended this marathon.
The Cubs grabbed a 2-0 lead in the 13th thanks in part to Padres first baseman Jesus Guzman hitting Nick Schierholtz's helmet with a throw after Schierholtz left the batter's box on what looked to be a potential bases-loaded, double play.
"I've never seen that one before," Cubs manager Dale Sveum said.
Schierholtz said he got out of the box in an awkward manner because he tweaked his back on the swing. They he got plunked by Guzman.
"Just a nightmare of a play," said Schierholtz, who said his back and head are probably fine.
The Padres tied it when Ronny Cedeno made a daring dash to the plate on Kevin Gregg's wild pitch after Cedeno had tripled with two outs.
"I don't think Ronny saw [the ball] immediately," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Where he is, where the ball is and where the catcher is, it's not a great view. You don't know how far the ball is going to come toward our dugout.
"He picked it up and made a decision to go. But if there was a good throw and tag, he probably would have been out."
Instead, Hundley recorded the third game-winning hit of his career and his first since he belted a home run on May 30, 2010, against Washington.
"Any time you go long like that it adds a little more, it's a special win," Hundley said. "Losing a game like this takes a little bit more out of you, and winning it builds momentum."
Black said the victory was big, even if both teams are struggling.
The Padres (59-71) are fourth in the NL West, while the last-place Cubs (55-75) have dropped 11 of 14.
"It was a fantastic win when it looked as dismal as it can look," Black said.
Hundley then lined a clean single into center field, scoring Forsythe easily and giving San Diego its third win in four games. Dale Thayer (2-3) wiggled out of a jam in the top half to get the victory.
The game lasted 5 hours, 13 minutes, and the teams used 15 pitchers. But it wasn't even the longest game of the weekend as Arizona beat Philadelphia 12-7 in 18 innings on Saturday night.
San Diego looked poised to end the game in the 14th when it put runners on second and third with one out. But Eric Stults, batting for fellow pitcher Brad Boxberger, struck out swinging while facing a five-man infield. Chase Headley looked at a third strike to end the inning.
Chicago then wasted an opportunity to go in front. The Cubs loaded the bases with one out in the 15th, but Lake grounded into a fielder's choice that cut down Starlin Castro at home, and Murphy grounded out.
Cubs starter Chris Rusin allowed three hits and walked four in 6 1/3 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.64. The left-hander is 0-2 in his last three starts despite a 2.00 ERA.
San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner pitched seven innings of two-hit ball against his former team. He struck out seven and walked one.
"Cash threw the ball well," Black said. "It was a great game for Cash to continue to grow as a pitcher."
Cubs C Welington Castillo was back in the lineup after missing three games with bruised ribs. ... Cubs 1B Anthony Rizzo will remain in the No. 2 spot in the order. Rizzo, according to Sveum, has sparked the offense the last four games. "We've scored six, four, six and three," Sveum said before Sunday's game. "I'm not changing anything." ... The Padres will start Tyson Ross on Monday when they open a two-city, six-game road trip in Arizona. ... The Padres aren't sure on their starting pitcher for Wednesday. With veteran RHP Edinson Volquez designated for assignment, the Padres are juggling their rotation and considering various options.
|Nick Hundley drives in the winning run in the 15th inning to give the Padres their third win in the past four games. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Chicago (N.L.) Cubs|
|Starlin Castro, SS||6||1||2||0||1||0||1||.238|
|Anthony Rizzo, 1B||6||0||2||0||1||1||2||.231|
|Nate Schierholtz, RF||6||0||1||0||0||1||1||.272|
|Brian Bogusevic, LF||3||0||0||1||3||0||2||.284|
|Junior Lake, CF||7||0||1||0||0||2||8||.314|
|Donnie Murphy, 3B||6||0||0||0||0||2||6||.282|
|Welington Castillo, C||5||0||1||0||1||2||1||.264|
|Darwin Barney, 2B||5||0||0||0||1||1||2||.219|
|Chris Rusin, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.077|
|b-Dioner Navarro, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.293|
|c-Darnell McDonald, PH-RF||2||1||1||0||0||0||0||.167|
|a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Villanueva in the 8th|
|b-grounded out for Parker in the 11th|
|c-singled for Russell in the 13th|
|SF - Brian Bogusevic (1)|
|SH - Cole Gillespie (1), Logan Watkins (1)|
|RBI - Brian Bogusevic (8)|
|SB - Junior Lake (3, 2nd base off Brach/Hundley)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Barney-Rizzo, Barney-Rizzo-Castro-Barney-Rizzo|
|E - Donnie Murphy (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chicago (N.L.) Cubs|
|Kevin Gregg (BS,5)||1||2||2||2||0||0||0||3.18|
|Hector Rondon (L,2-1)||1.2||4||1||1||1||2||0||5.72|
|IBB - Denorfia by James Russell, Amarista by Hector Rondon|
|WP - Kevin Gregg (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Rusin 87-47, Carlos Villanueva 6-4, Pedro Strop 20-13, Blake Parker 26-18, Michael Bowden 32-18, James Russell 24-15, Kevin Gregg 22-11, Hector Rondon 26-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Rusin 8-5, Carlos Villanueva 1-1, Pedro Strop 2-1, Blake Parker 1-3, James Russell 1-2, Kevin Gregg 2-1, Hector Rondon 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Rusin 23, Carlos Villanueva 3, Pedro Strop 5, Blake Parker 7, Michael Bowden 5, James Russell 5, Kevin Gregg 5, Hector Rondon 10|
|San Diego Padres|
|Chris Denorfia, RF||6||0||2||0||1||0||2||.272|
|Will Venable, CF||6||0||1||0||1||1||3||.272|
|Jedd Gyorko, 2B||6||0||0||0||0||2||3||.247|
|a-Eric Stults, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.176|
|Chase Headley, 3B||5||0||1||0||2||1||4||.238|
|Jesus Guzman, 1B||4||1||1||0||3||1||0||.233|
|Logan Forsythe, LF||7||1||2||0||0||0||5||.231|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||7||1||1||1||0||0||5||.222|
|Rene Rivera, C||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.150|
|b-Yonder Alonso, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||2||.288|
|c-Mark Kotsay, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|d-Alexi Amarista, PH-2B||2||0||1||0||1||0||0||.261|
|Andrew Cashner, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.268|
|Nick Hundley, C||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.241|
|a-struck out for Boxberger in the 14th|
|b-grounded out for Rivera in the 7th|
|c-singled for Vincent in the 10th|
|d-doubled for Brach in the 12th|
|2B - Jesus Guzman (16, Gregg), Alexi Amarista (13, Russell)|
|3B - Ronny Cedeno (3, Gregg)|
|RBI - Ronny Cedeno (13), Nick Hundley (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ronny Cedeno (6), Nick Hundley (16)|
|CS - Chase Headley (2, 2nd base by Rusin/Castillo)|
|Team LOB - 16|
|Outfield Assists - Chris Denorfia 1|
|DP - Denorfia-Guzman, Denorfia-Guzman-Cedeno-Guzman|
|E - Jesus Guzman (5, Throwing)|
|San Diego Padres|
|Dale Thayer (W,2-3)||1||2||0||0||1||0||0||2.75|
|IBB - Bogusevic by Dale Thayer|
|HBP - Murphy (by Andrew Cashner)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Cashner 108-78, Luke Gregerson 13-7, Huston Street 11-5, Nick Vincent 17-12, Brad Brach 37-19, Brad Boxberger 38-23, Dale Thayer 23-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Cashner 8-6, Luke Gregerson 2-1, Huston Street 1-1, Nick Vincent 1-1, Brad Brach 2-3, Brad Boxberger 2-4, Dale Thayer 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Andrew Cashner 25, Luke Gregerson 4, Huston Street 3, Nick Vincent 3, Brad Brach 9, Brad Boxberger 10, Dale Thayer 6|
|Attendance - 22762|
|Game Time - 5:13|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Eric Cooper|