MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Chi Cubs0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 041
San Diego0 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 x 580
  W: B. Snell (2-6)   L: K. Hendricks (0-2)
6:10 PM PT7:10 PM MT8:10 PM CT9:10 PM ET21:10 ET1:10 GMT9:10 6:10 PM MST8:10 PM EST8:40 PM VEN5:10 UAE (+1)7:10 PM CT, June 5, 2023
Petco Park, San Diego, California  Attendance: 43,629

Cubs seek rare road series win at Padres

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Chicago Cubs at San Diego Padres

  1. The Padres are looking for their first home series win over the Cubs since sweeping a three-game set in 2017. Since then, the Cubs have gone 9-4 at Petco Park while averaging 5.85 runs per game.
  2. The Cubs took two of three from the MLB-leading Rays by scores of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-4. It was the first time the Cubs won a series of 3+ games without scoring more than three runs in any of the games since September 2018 against the Reds.
  3. Jameson Taillon has an 8.04 ERA in eight starts in his first season in Chicago. That is the highest ERA by a pitcher in his first eight career starts with the Cubs since Angel Guzman in 2006 (8.65).
  4. The Padres won two of three in Miami this week, combining for 19 runs in the two wins. They have put up 59 runs over their last 10 games after they had just 24 runs over their previous 10 games.
  5. Gary Sanchez went 4-for-11 with two homers in his first series since joining the Padres. He is the fifth catcher to hit multiple home runs within his first three career games with San Diego and the 12th player to do so at any position.
  6. Former Cardinal and current Padre Michael Wacha has made 21 appearances against the Cubs in his career and owns a 6.45 ERA. Among the 398 pitchers with at least 100.0 innings pitched against the Cubs, Wacha's ERA is the second highest (Tom Griffin -- 6.81).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/2/2023 thru 6/5/2023

The Chicago Cubs are in position to win their first road series in nearly two months. It would come at the expense of the San Diego Padres, who continue to struggle at home.

With Kyle Hendricks aiming for a second straight strong start, the Cubs can take three of four at San Diego on Monday night.

Chicago is 11-16 on the road after taking two of the first three. The Cubs rebounded from being two-hit in Saturday's 6-0 loss by cranking out 11 during a 7-1 victory on Sunday.

"Good at-bats up and down the lineup," Chicago manager David Ross said. "A lot of good things about the offense."

The Cubs haven't won consecutive road games since a four-game run April 16-19 -- part of a 5-1 trip versus the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland A's. While looking to continue that offensive surge, Chicago aims for another strong starting performance after Jameson Taillon, Drew Smyly and Marcus Stroman combined for a 2.08 ERA in this series.

Hendricks (0-1, 3.86 ERA) returned from a shoulder injury and allowed five runs -- three earned -- with six hits in 4 1/3 innings against the New York Mets on May 25. It was his first start since last July 5. Then on Tuesday, the right-hander yielded six more hits and three walks, but only one run in five innings of a 2-1 home victory over Tampa Bay.

"I felt much more like myself," Hendricks said. "It tells me that I can just do what I do. Get back to being myself again."

Hendricks has been very good against the Padres, going 8-2 with a 2.61 ERA in 13 starts. That said, Juan Soto and Manny Machado are a combined 9-for-24 (.375) versus Hendricks. However, Fernando Tatis Jr. is 1-for-6 against him.

While Tatis is 8-for-17 with eight RBIs in June, Machado is 1-for-11 in this series while returning from missing a little more than two weeks with a hand injury. San Diego had 10 hits during Saturday's 6-0 victory, but nine, with two runs, in the other two of the set, while dropping to 13-17 at home.

Meanwhile, fellow Padres star Xander Bogaerts sat Sunday and is day-to-day with a wrist issue.

"I probably haven't played this long with it," Bogaerts said of an injury that's bothered him since May.

"I felt like I want to go out there, and I want to be there."

San Diego's scheduled starter, Blake Snell (1-6, 4.50), last pitched at home against Boston on May 19. He allowed a season-high six runs in four innings.

However, the left-hander has yielded just one run in 11 innings over the two outings that followed. On Wednesday, Snell yielded three hits and three walks, while also striking out seven, over six scoreless innings and was in position for the win at Miami, but the Marlins scored twice in the ninth for a 2-1 victory.

On April 25 in Chicago, Snell allowed four hits in five innings against the Cubs, but one was a two-run homer to Yan Gomes in the 6-0 loss. He also walked five.

For his career, Snell is 1-1 with a 1.06 ERA in three career starts vs. the Cubs.

Gomes and Trey Mancini clubbed back-to-back homers Sunday, and are 9-for-24 versus Snell. Meanwhile, teammate Dansby Swanson is batting .379 over an eight-game stretch.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 5, 2023

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