04/23 17:37 CDT Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th
Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th
CHICAGO (AP) --- Fittingly, the Chicago Cubs marked Wrigley Field's 100th
birthday with a loss --- a dramatic, error-filled one, at that.
One out from victory, the Cubs allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to rally for
five runs in the ninth inning in a 7-5 loss Wednesday.
After an error by shortstop Starlin Castro, Martin Prado hit a two-run single
off Pedro Strop (0-2), Miguel Montero had a tying single against James Russell
and Aaron Hill followed with a two-run triple off Justin Grimm.
Still, the Cubs are 4,076-3,621 (.530) during the regular season at Wrigley,
according to STATS, and 7-20 in the postseason. Chicago failed in its bid to
win three straight games for the first time since last July 26-28.
The beloved ballpark, the second-oldest in the major leagues behind
102-year-old Fenway Park in Boston, opened on April 23, 1914, when the Federal
League's Chicago Federals beat the Kansas City Packers 9-1.
The Cubs moved into the Friendly Confines in 1916, after the Federal League
folded, and have established a tradition of beloved losers. The Cubs' only
World Series titles came in 1907 and '08, when they played at the West Side
Grounds, and they haven't even reached the World Series since 1945.
Fans sang "Happy Birthday" in the middle of the fifth inning, the Cubs wore
Federals' uniforms and the Diamondbacks wore Kansas City Packers' threads.
Trevor Cahill (1-3) pitched two scoreless innings, for Arizona, which ended a
four-game losing streak, and Addison Reed got his fourth save as the Cubs went
quietly in a 1-2-3 ninth.
Before a crowd of 32,323 --- about 9,000 under capacity, the Cubs led 5-2 in
the ninth. Strop walked Chris Owings on four pitches and Castro allowed Tony
Campana's grounder to kick off his glove for an error. Castro tried to keep his
left leg on second as he retrieved the ball, and second base umpire Brian
O'Nora called the sliding Owings safe --- a decision confirmed by the replay
umpire in New York.
Pinch-hitter Eric Chavez walked on a full count, loading the bases, and Gerardo
Parra struck out. Prado's bouncer up the middle bounded off second base,
eluding second baseman Darwin Barney and kicking into short right-center field
as the Diamondbacks closed to 5-4. Strop struck out Paul Goldschmidt for the
Montero fouled off a 2-2 pitch, took a ball, and then lined a tying single to
right. Hill blooped a ball down the right-field line and Justin Ruggiano
appeared to injure his left hamstring as he tried for a sliding catch near the
foul line and the bullpen mound. He needed assistance to leave the field and
was replaced by Ryan Kalish.
Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija allowed two runs and seven hits in 7 1-3 innings
and is winless in 11 starts since beating San Diego on Aug. 24.
Arizona's Wade Miley gave up five runs --- three earned --- and four hits in
NOTES: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said "it would be great, no question
about it" if the Cubs were competitive. He also said replay review has "done
great" and added that he's not reconsidering his decision to retire after the
season. He also confirmed that baseball is working on an interpretation of the
transfer rule. ... Ryan Dempster, who was at Wrigley Field for the 100th
anniversary festivities, said joining MLB Network as an analyst is the best
thing for him to do right now. Dempster didn't rule out returning to the field.
... Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta is to make his fifth --- and what the team hopes is
final --- minor league injury rehabilitation start Saturday for Double-A
Tennessee. ... Arizona OF A.J. Pollock (neck stiffness) didn't start but
pinch-ran in the ninth.