San Diego at Chicago

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Chicago (41-57) «10101030x6111

Cubs 6, Padres 0

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CHICAGO -- If it was a sneak preview of the future at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night, then Chicago Cubs fans can't wait for the sequel.

Twenty-four-year-old Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and 24-year-old Kyle Hendricks pitched seven innings for his first major league victory, leading the Cubs to a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres that snapped their five-game losing streak.

And rookie Arimendy Alcantara hit the hardest ball of the night, a blast over the bleachers in right field that landed on Sheffield Avenue.

''I just try to hit the ball,'' the 22-year-old Alcantara said. ''If it goes far, that is OK.''

''They're not looking like they're too bothered by being at the major league level,'' manager Rick Renteria noticed. ''They're just playing the game, simplifying it between the lines.''

Rizzo staked Hendricks to a 2-0 lead in the third inning with a solo homer. Four innings later, Alcantara and Rizzo hit back-to-back homers off Blaine Boyer for a 5-0 lead. Rizzo became the first National League player to reach 25 homers this season, his career high. He finished with 23 homers in 160 games last season.

''I'm not stronger than I was last year, I don't think,'' said Rizzo, who credited a more disciplined approach for his recent power surge.

Recalled from Triple-A Iowa earlier Tuesday, Hendricks (1-0) made short work of an anemic Padres lineup that entered the game with a total of 29 home runs and 103 RBI. In his second start of the season, the right-hander allowed five hits and threw only 83 pitches, two that were clocked faster than 88 mph. He walked three and struck out five.

''Best day of my life,'' Hendricks called it. ''Awesome.''

The Padres had two runners on base in the first, third and fifth innings, but the Cubs turned two of their season-high four double plays to erase the last two threats.

In the process, Hendricks continued to erase doubts that he could finesse his way to the next level.

''You wonder that when you come up,'' said Hendricks, whose father John was in attendance. ''That's definitely the hardest thing in baseball - to trust your stuff. But that's what you have to fall back on also.''

Eric Stults (3-12) lasted only five innings in the muggy conditions and took the loss, the ninth in his last 10 decisions. He gave up three runs and six hits and walked three.

''Yeah, we get spoiled by the weather in San Diego,'' Stults said. ''So tonight definitely the humidity was something I wasn't used to. It's hard to catch your breath. The way [Hendricks] threw, he had some quick innings. It felt like I was sitting down and getting right back up.''

Notes

San Diego rookie 1B Jake Goebbert played his first major league game at Wrigley Field, less than 10 miles from Northwestern, where he was a two-sport star. His family owns a pumpkin patch northwest of Chicago. ... San Diego RHP Odrisamer Despaigne had his next start pushed back one day to Saturday as a precautionary measure. In his last assignment on Sunday, the rookie took a no-hitter into the eighth inning. ... Padres 1B Yonder Alonso (wrist), SS Everth Cabrera (hamstring) and 2B Jedd Gyorko (foot) continued to make progress, but there was no timetable for their returns. ... Chicago LHP Tsuyoshi Wada will be activated and start the second game of the series on Wednesday night. He is expected to take the place of 3B Mike Olt on the roster. ... General manager Jed Hoyer indicated that Alcantara will continue play regularly down the stretch. Veteran 2B Darwin Barney was designated for assignment before the game. ... The Cubs will play 22 of their next 32 games at home, where their 43 games are the fewest of any major league team to date.

 
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Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rizzo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
Chicago

K. Hendricks
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 3
K 5
 

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San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Will Venable, CF4010011.208.262.299
Alexi Amarista, SS4010010.236.287.325
Seth Smith, LF3010101.285.385.507
Yasmani Grandal, C2000212.212.304.385
Chris Nelson, 3B4000004.286.333.286
Jake Goebbert, 1B2000110.256.347.372
   a-Rene Rivera, PH1000010.220.276.418
Chris Denorfia, RF3010001.240.289.322
Brooks Conrad, 2B3010011.107.188.250
Eric Stults, P2000000.077.077.115
   Dale Thayer, P0000000.000.000.000
   b-Tommy Medica, PH1000011.226.271.403
   Blaine Boyer, P0000000.000.000.000
   Tim Stauffer, P0000000.200.200.200
Totals2905047    
a-struck out for Goebbert in the 9th
b-struck out for Thayer in the 7th
Batting
2B - Brooks Conrad (1, Hendricks)
Team LOB - 6
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eric Stults (L,3-12) 5633371 5.00
Dale Thayer 1000020 2.04
Blaine Boyer 1433012 2.76
Tim Stauffer 1100000 3.89
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Stults 103-64, Dale Thayer 12-9, Blaine Boyer 29-21, Tim Stauffer 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Stults 5-3, Blaine Boyer 2-0, Tim Stauffer 2-1
Batters Faced - Eric Stults 24, Dale Thayer 3, Blaine Boyer 7, Tim Stauffer 4
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B5120001.264.309.346
Arismendy Alcantara, CF4111113.282.326.590
Anthony Rizzo, 1B4222012.283.385.539
Starlin Castro, SS3110100.275.328.435
Justin Ruggiano, RF3122010.291.357.442
   Pedro Strop, P0000000.000.000.000
   Wesley Wright, P0000000.000.000.000
Welington Castillo, C4021003.241.294.391
Junior Lake, LF4000022.216.243.379
Mike Olt, 3B4000030.139.222.353
Kyle Hendricks, P2000120.000.250.000
   Nate Schierholtz, RF1010000.202.248.310
Totals346116310    
Batting
2B - Emilio Bonifacio (11, Stults), Starlin Castro (27, Stults), Welington Castillo (12, Boyer)
HR - Arismendy Alcantara (2, Boyer), Anthony Rizzo 2 (25, Stults)
SF - Justin Ruggiano (2)
RBI - Arismendy Alcantara (7), Anthony Rizzo 2 (55), Justin Ruggiano 2 (22), Welington Castillo (29)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Ruggiano (10), Welington Castillo (19)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Castro-Rizzo, Castro-Rizzo-Bonifacio-Castro-Rizzo, Castro-Rizzo-Bonifacio-Castro-Rizzo-Castro-Bonifacio-Rizzo, Castro-Rizzo-Bonifacio-Castro-Rizzo-Castro-Bonifacio-Rizzo-Olt-Bonifacio-Rizzo
E - Emilio Bonifacio (4, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kyle Hendricks (W,1-0) 7500350 2.77
Pedro Strop 1000010 2.94
Wesley Wright 1000110 2.28
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Hendricks 83-55, Pedro Strop 12-9, Wesley Wright 13-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Hendricks 11-3, Pedro Strop 2-0, Wesley Wright 1-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Hendricks 27, Pedro Strop 3, Wesley Wright 3
Game Information
Attendance - 32730
Game Time - 2:35
Temperature - 88
Umpires - Home - Pat Hoberg, First Base - Todd Tichenor, Second Base - Ron Kulpa, Third Base - Ed Hickox