The bullpen was perfect, the fielding was great, the pinch hitting was spectacular, but the offense was stagnant as the Padres fell to the Cubs 3-2.
Buckner came back for the sixth inning and gave up a solo home run to Luis Valbuena, and an RBI single to starting pitcher Travis Wood. Nick Vincent came in to get the final out of the inning, but the damage was done with the Padres down 3-0.
Bud Black’s decision to leave Buckner in was questionable, but 5.2 innings of three-run ball from a pitcher who was just called up is respectable. In addition, the Padres have a shutdown bullpen, which was perfect over 3.1 innings tonight.
Travis Woods’ only mistake all night was thinking he could pitch to Carlos Quentin with one out and one on in the eighth inning. Quentin pinch hit for Alex Torres, and absolutely crushed the second pitch into the left field seats to make it a 3-2 ballgame. However, the Friars were unable to capitalize on Quentin’s late game HR.