The Padres (45-56) hit and walked their way to a series win against the Chicago Cubs (41-59) this week. It was their second straight series win, marking the first time that has happened since September of last year. The Cubs pitching staff certainly helped along the way, giving the Padres 19 free passes in the 3 games, including a whopping 11 on Wednesday. The Padres showed patience that we have not seen lately and it paid off in many baserunners and many runs. The Padres burned through the Cubs bullpen, making them pitch 11 innings of relief in the 3-game series. The fatigue of the Chicago bullpen could have contributed to the blowout, Thursday.
The Padres as a team hit .260 with 7 extra base hits. With 21 runs scored in the 2 wins, the Padres only hit one home run. The swirling winds of Wrigley certainly played a part in that. The Padres seemingly got contributions from everyone, pitchers and hitters alike. It was a great team effort. If the Padres could have plate appearances like they had the last 2 games of this series, their current record could easily be the reverse. For once, there are many to choose from for offensive player of the series.