Cubs 5, Padres 4: Now that’s more like it *

* except for that ninth inning. But a win’s a win.

The Cubs defeated the Padres 5-4 on a picture-perfect Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field and I wish that were the end of the story.

But they had to survive a high-wire closing act from Pedro Strop before he struck out Austin Hedges to end the game and even up the series.

The game began much like Thursday night’s, with the Padres getting hits in the first two innings but Jose Quintana getting out of jams, and the Cubs retired easily in the first by Tyson Ross.

Javier Baez took care of that “retired easily” leading off the second [VIDEO].

The homer was Javy’s 23rd of the season, which matched his career high set last year, with nearly a third of the 2018 season remaining. Also:

58 extra-base hits for Javier Báez takes sole possession of the NL lead#Cubs

— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) August 3, 2018

Javy would add to that total later on. The homer was hit to the opposite field into the face of a pretty strong wind off Lake Michigan.

The Cubs made it 2-0 in the third. Tommy La Stella walked with one …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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