Joey Lucchesi took the mound to try and get the Padres back on track after a tough loss in Game 1 of the series on Friday.
It was a rough after noon in the Windy City for Lucchesi. He surrendered two runs in the first thanks to a triple.
The Padres entered the top of the third, down 2-0 before Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 16th home run of the season, a long shot to right-center field. Manuel Margot then got on base due to a pop fly getting lost in the sun and dropping in between several Cubs defenders. Manny Machado then laced an opposite-field shot, his 25th of the season and 200th of his career, lifting the Padres to a 3-2 lead.
Lucchesi struggled with his command all game as he eventually surrendered 10 hits and six earned runs over just 4 1/3 innings. Javier Baez launched a two-run homer off of Lucchesi in the fourth, scoring three runs and giving the Cubs a 6-4 lead.
PSA: Manny Machado & Fernando Tatis Jr… They're both on the @Padres.
That's pretty cool.
— FOX Sports San Diego (@FOXSportsSD) July 20, 2019
The Padres were able to get one run back in the fifth with Hunter Renfroe’s 28th home run of the season.
Unfortunately, the Cubs bullpen was just as strong as the Padres were not able to take advantage of any opportunities to score. They finished the game 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The story before the game was the return of second base prospect Luis Urias, who went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a diving play to preserve a slim deficit, fighting the swirling winds.
Craig Kimbrel came into the ninth inning and allowed a leadoff walk to Wil Myers. The rally stalled after a failed bunt by Tatis and Myers being caught stealing. Kimbrel sealed the save and series win.
San Diego falls to 4-11 in July, which is eerily similar to the dismal July the Friars had last year, going 5-20.
The Padres dropped to 46-52, marking the first time all season the Padres have fallen six games below .500. They look to salvage the series Sunday at 11:20 AM PDT.
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