Cubs 7, Padres 6, 13 Innings
Posted August 29, 2000 7:00 a.m. EDT
CHICAGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Ricky Gutierrez had a sacrifice fly in the 13th inning Tuesday night as the Chicago Cubs outlasted the San Diego Padres 7-6.
Eric Young led off the bottom of the 13th with a double off Trevor Hoffman (4-6). Damian Jackson, who had just moved to left field from second, misjudged the ball and slipped in the grass as he tried to move.
Young took third on Gary Matthews Jr.'s sacrifice, and the Padres loaded the bases with intentional walks to Sammy Sosa and Mark Grace.
That brought up Gutierrez, who lofted a liner to center. Mike Darr fielded it, but Young beat the throw home. He jumped up to celebrate as the Cubs poured out of the dugout. It was only their eighth win in 20 extra-inning games this season.
The Cubs could have had the win four innings earlier, but Rick Aguilera blew a save in the ninth after converting nine straight opportunities. Aguilera gave up a leadoff single to Jackson, struck out Ryan Klesko and walked Phil Nevin. Darr then singled to right,.
Felix Heredia (7-3) gave up three hits and one intentional walk in two innings.
Nevin drove in two runs in the third, giving him 100 RBIs in a season for the first time in his career.
The Cubs had far bigger problems than Aguilera's blown save. Chicago pitchers walked nine, five by starter Jamie Arnold in five-plus innings. Arnold also forced in the Padres' first run with a walk to Ryan Klesko in the third inning, and loaded the bases twice more.
But, for once, the Cubs actually got some clutch hits.
With the score 5-5 in the sixth, Todd Erdos loaded the bases with a walk to Matthews, a single by Sosa and another walk to Grace. Roosevelt Brown then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, giving the Cubs the 6-5 lead.
Padres starter Adam Eaton had gone 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his previous four starts, but he never looked sharp. With two outs in the third, he walked Sosa and Grace. Brown then hit an RBI single just inside the first-base line, Joe Girardi followed with an RBI single past a diving Jackson, and Willie Greene singled to tie it at 3.
The Cubs got two more in the fifth on Girardi's sacrifice fly and Greene's fielder's choice.
The Padres tied the game in the sixth as Wiki Gonzalez drove in a run with a broken-bat single and Desi Relaford hit a sacrifice fly.
Notes: This was only the third time this year that Eaton gave up more than four runs. He gave up five runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. ... Grace, who spent the morning at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after leaving Monday night's game with dizzy spells, went 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. ... Tuesday was the 11th anniversary of the ``Dwight Smith Game,'' when the Cubs rallied from a 9-0 deficit against Houston and won it 10-9 in 10 innings. Smith, who entered the game as a late-inning defensive replacement, went 2-for-2, hitting the game-tying sacrifice fly and the game-winning single.