CUBS 6, PADRES 2
Saturday, July 22, 1978 at San Diego Stadium
Game 1262 – 11/11/12
A surprisingly solid effort from Cubs starter Ray Burris, coupled with a 4-for-5 night from Manny Trillo and a few too many debilitating walks delivered by a trio of Padres pitchers, helped the Cubs to a convincing 6-2 victory over the first-place Padres at their home park in San Diego.
The hot-and-cold Burris (6-8), who entering tonight’s contest was 0-3 for the month of July with 13 earned runs allowed in just ten innings of work, kept San Diego in check during his six-inning stint, spotting the Padres a 2-0 lead—the first run coming on a Jerry Turner fielder’s choice groundout, the second on a Turner double that scored Gene Richards from third—before Chicago’s bats came alive and battered five San Diego pitchers for their six runs and 14 hits, the most runs the Cubs have scored in a game since before the All-Star break.
Things fell apart for the Padres in the third when, with two out, second baseman Fernando Gonzalez booted a hard grounder off the bat of Bill Buckner, which bounded into right field and allowed speedy Rodney Scott to race home from second with Chicago’s first run of the game. Manny Trillo then doubled to the gap, scoring Buckner all the way from first with the game-tying tally.
The next three Cub runs all came courtesy of the walk: in the sixth, Padres starter Eric Rasmussen (8-7) gave up a base on balls to Gene Clines, which was followed one out later by another double from Trillo (the third of his four hits in the game), giving the Cubs a 3-2 lead, then in the seventh, a pair of walks issued to Scott and pinch-hitter Jerry White resulted in two more Chicago runs when Dave Kingman and Clines lined back-to-back singles, good for an RBI apiece. The Cubs rounded out their scoring in the ninth, with a sacrifice fly from relief pitcher Donnie Moore, who stayed in the game to pitch the final frame and earn his third save of the season.
The loss knocked the Padres out of a first-place tie with the Dodgers in the NL West, while the Cubs improved their record to 47-48 and remained 11½ games behind the front-running Phillies in the East. The two teams will wrap up their three-game set with an afternoon match-up tomorrow at San Diego Stadium.
• The game was played in the afternoon at site AZ8 in Peoria, Arizona, on the living room table while I listened to Who Are You by The Who.
• Relief pitcher Mark Wehrmeister made his first appearance of the season for the Padres in tonight’s game, after being called up from the AAA Hawaii Islanders on July 6th; he lasted just 1/3 of an inning after serving up three base hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.
• Hats off to a happy Manny Trillo, for a 4-for-5 performance against the Padres tonight!