Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cubs Claw to Series Win Over Padres

The Cubs lose the first game of a doubleheader against San Diego but take the next two. Billy Williams hit 13 homers in May and now has 20 on the season. San Diego's Ollie Brown has a nine game hit streak and knocked three homers in the series, including a grand slam.

Game One: San Diego 7, Cubs 4

W: Kirby (3-6)
L: Holtzman (6-5)
S: Dukes (1)

Kenny Holtzman allows a single, hits a batter and walks another in the first, before giving up Brown's grand slam for a 4-0 San Diego lead. The Padres tack on more, including a Cito Gaston homer. Youngster Clay Kirby strikes out nine in the San Diego win.

Game Two: Cubs 8, San Diego 6
W: Decker (6-2)
L: Dobson (3-5)
S: Colborn (1)

San Diego again jumps out to a first inning lead, 3-0, behind doubles from Al Ferrara and Brown. The Pads' Pat Dobson gets into trouble in the third, giving up a three run homer to Williams and a solo shot to the next batter, Jim Hickman. The Cubs' Joe Decker settles down and strikes out nine (with only one walk), and the Cubs continue to add to the lead for the win. Williams hits his second homer of the game later as he continues to be on fire.

Game Three: Cubs 6, San Diego 5
W: Jenkins (6-5)
L: Rodriguez (0-1)

Fergie Jenkins gives up the longball, as Ollie Brown hits two and Nate Colbert adds his 13th for San Diego. But the Cubs also take advantage of the Wrigley winds, as Williams hits his 20th and Johnny Callison adds a two run shot off San Diego's rookie starter Mike Corkins. The game is tied at five in the bottom of the 9th when Ron Santo greets newly entered San Diego reliever Rich Rodriguez with his 8th homer of the year, a walkoff shot to win it for Chicago.

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