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Taillon, Swanson lead Cubs to a 2-1 win over Padres
By RICHARD J. MARCUS
SAN DIEGO (AP) Jameson Taillon pitched effectively into the sixth inning, Dansby Swanson homered among his three hits, and the Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Friday night in the opener of a four-game series.
“That is the best I have seen him I think since spring training - on the attack,” Cubs manager David Ross said of Taillon. “I thought he did spectacular - it is as good as I've seen him.”
Taillon (1-3), who came in winless over his previous eight starts with an 8.04 ERA, kept the Padres batters off-balance twice through their lineup and earned the win. He gave up three hits and one run in a season-high 5 2/3 innings.
“Been grinding, working really hard with everyone behind the scenes. It is nice to get the results," Taillon said. “I haven't felt like a huge part of what we are doing yet just because I haven't been pulling my weight, so it is nice to contribute and be part of a win.”
Padres starter Michael Wacha (5-2) struggled with control, issuing five walks in 4 2/3 innings. He gave up two runs and three hits while striking out eight.
Chicago took the lead with a fielder’s choice ground ball by Ian Happ to score Nico Hoerner from third in the third inning. Swanson hit a solo homer to left off Wacha to make it 2-0 in the fifth.
“I put a really good swing on it. It barely got out, but they all count,” Swanson said. “I really didn’t know (if it was gone), and I honestly kept running and sooner or later I found out it was a homer,”
San Diego finally broke through against Taillon in the sixth after Rougned Odor (2 for 3) led off with a double and scored Fernando Tatis Jr.'s slow infield dribbler hugging the third-base line. Odor left the game after a single in the eighth with a left groin strain.
“It doesn't feel like it is severe with what I'm told afterwards,” San Diego manager Bob Melvin said of Odor's injury. “These things typically do take a little bit of time, but it's not like he felt a pop so not sure what the timetable is going to be (for Odor's return).”
Cubs reliever Adbert Alzolay quashed a Padres threat in the eighth. He came in with no outs and runners at first and second and got Xander Bogaerts to hit into a double play and then struck out Tatis.
“You know, we come in with a lot of momentum. We felt like offensively we're starting to hit our stride. It didn't happen today,” Melvin said. “It continues to be a little bit frustrating.”
Mark Leiter Jr. finished up with a scoreless ninth for his third save.
“A real nice job by the back-end (of the bullpen),” Ross said. “Adbert comes in to get the ground ball and then the big punch-out of Tatis and then Leiter goes through the heart of their order.”
Cubs: LHP Justin Steele (left forearm strain) is day-to-day. Steele underwent an MRI exam on Thursday, and the results indicated it was a “mild” strain.
Padres: Reinstated 3B Manny Machado from the 10-day IL prior to Friday night’s game. The move comes 17 days after Machado sustained a fractured metacarpal in his left hand when he was hit by a pitch. ... Placed DH Nelson Cruz on the 10-day IL (right hamstring strain). ... Optioned OF José Azocar to Triple-A El Paso. ... Selected the contract of IB Alfonso Rivas from El Paso. ... C Luis Campusano (left thumb surgery) was moved from the 10-day to the 60-day IL.
Cubs LHP Drew Smyly (5-2, 3.45) will start on Saturday night against Padres LHP Yu Darvish (3-4, 4.61).
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Updated June 3, 2023