Cubs Blank Friars
Mike Montgomery threw six shutout innings and Anthony Rizzo hit another leadoff homer as Cubs win 4–0
Anthony Rizzo created high drama Monday night with a slide. It was all the talk on social media leading into Tuesday night’s contest.
The word ‘retaliation’ was being used a lot on Twitter.
There was a call from the Commissioner’s Office. They let Rizzo know he had violated Rule 7.13.
They also told him he would not be fined or suspended.
Official Baseball Rule 7.13 — Collisions at Home Plate
(1) A runner attempting to score may not deviate from his direct pathway to the plate in order to initiate contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate). If, in the judgment of the Umpire, a runner attempting to score initiates contact with the catcher (or other player covering home plate) in such a manner, the Umpire shall declare the runner out (even if the player covering home plate loses possession of the ball). In such circumstances, the Umpire shall call the ball dead, and all other base runners shall return to the last base touched at the time of the collision.
Said Anthony Rizzo of the call from Joe Torre:
“We spoke, and he explained the rule a little more in depth to me, said according to the rule it was a violation, but there’s not going to be discipline because the way I slid into him and the way I was going, it was zero intent to be malicious toward Austin Hedges,” Rizzo said. “It was a good conversation, and I’m happy they came to closure on it.”
So one can see why retaliation may have been on people’s minds. But the appropriate word should have been ‘salt’. As in, the Padres were ‘salty’. Or Rizzo poured ‘salt’ into the San Diego wound.
Lefty Mike Montgomery had his ‘A’ game Tuesday night. He allowed three hits and walked two while striking out four. The six inning shutout performance was perhaps his best of the year. It also allowed him to pick up his first victory of the year.
Montgomery set the Padres down in order in the first.
In the bottom of the first Rizzo had a 1–0 count when he busted out the salt and drove the ball into the center field seats. It was his third leadoff homerun at the top of the order. It again gave the Cubs an early 1–0 lead and was the winning run. The homer also extended his career best hit streak to 14 games.
Carrying that lead into the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs offense struck again. Kris Bryant led off and was plunked. He then stole second. After Wilson Contreras struck out, Ian Happ was intentionally walked. Addison Russell responded with a single that plated Bryant. That pushed the lead to 2–0.
The Cubs loaded the bases in the sixth but failed to score.
Carl Edwards Jr. replaced Montgomery in the seventh and pitched around a single and a walk.
Pedro Strop tossed the eighth. He gave up a leadoff double to Jose Pirela and walked Wil Myers. A strikeout and a groundout got him out of the jam.
The Cubby offense added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth. Ian Happ led off with a solo shot to left. The Cubs led 3–0. Addy struck out and Miggy grounded out. Javy Baez then singled to center and when Franchy Cordero misplayed it, Baez went to third. Almora Jr. doubled Baez home and the Cubs went up 4–0.
Justin Grimm pitched a perfect ninth and sent the Wrigley faithful into song. The win is the Cubs third straight and allowed them to pull to within a half game of the Brewers in the Central.
Eddy Butler will take the mound Thursday as the Cubs look for the sweep.
Doug Preszler is the type of person who can be a Cubs fan and an Iowa Hawkeyes fan while living in South Dakota. He is a man who cares not for regional loyalty. He can be found on Twitter @PreszlerDoug, telling tales of the Dakotan Cubs fan’s existence.