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Stephen Strasburg and Tanner Roark set to return (8th Nov 18 at 9:42am UTC)
CHICAGO (AP) The San Diego Padres may be at the bottom of the National League http://www.philliesfanproshop.com/authentic-jorge-alfaro-jersey , but Austin Hedges is at the top of his game.Hedges hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, Robbie Erlin pitched two-hit ball over five innings in a spot start and the Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Thursday night to end a season-high, seven-game losing streak.Hedges went deep off Jesse Chavez (3-2) in the sixth inning for a 3-1 lead, his third homer in six games and seventh overall. Hedges and Manuel Margot each had three of the Padres’ 15 hits, and Margot, Eric Hosmer and A.J. Ellis drove in runs.In 20-games since July 3, Hedges is batting .333 with five homers and 11 RBIs.The 25-year-old catcher was out from May 1 until June 24 with right elbow tendinitis. Now he says he feels his best since debuting in the majors with San Diego in 2015.”In the big leagues for sure,” Hedges said. ”It’s nice to make adjustments and going off the DL and playing with the guys, so I’m just going to keep on trying going.”Erlin (2-3) allowed one run, struck out four and walked one in his third start this season and first since May 21. He didn’t allow a runner until Jason Heyward’s infield single with two outs in the fourth.”I thought (Erlin) was outstanding,” manager Andy Green said. ”I thought he threw the ball well and gave us great tempo for the game, attacked very well and our bats woke up in the second half of that baseball game.”In his two previous starts Josh Bell Jersey , Erlin allowed 11 earned runs in seven innings. He made his big league debut at Wrigley Field on April 30, 2013, and this was his 28th major league start.What was different this time for the left-hander?”I just tried to keep my focus on one pitch at a time, one hitter at a time,” Erlin said. ”I feel like I got away from that previously and I kind of got caught up in who’s coming up next and the next inning, which isn’t really effective.”Four relievers followed in a three-hitter for the Padres, who have the NL’s worst record at 43-68. Right fielder Hunter Renfroe made a sliding grab on Willson Contreras’ liner for the final out.Mike Montgomery yielded one run and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Cubs, who remained one game ahead of second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central. The left-hander rebounded after yielding five runs and 12 hits in five innings at St. Louis last Friday.”Definitely an improvement over the last game,” said Montgomery, who has changed the grip on his curveball. ”I thought the breaking ball was a lot better tonight.”I thought I made some pitches where I needed to, but credit to them. They had some hits I made good pitches on.”Montgomery put the Cubs ahead in the fifth when he hit a comebacker with runners at the corners and one out. Erlin threw to second for a forceout, and shortstop Freddy Galvis made a one-hop throw home, trying for a double play. Shane Livensparger ruled Contreras out http://www.piratesfanproshop.com/authentic-sean-rodriguez-jersey , but the call was overturned when a video review found Conteras got his right hand on the plate ahead of the tag by Hedges.Montgomery walked Hosmer in the sixth, Christian Villanueva singled off Chavez to cap an 11-pitch at-bat, and Hedges homered deep to left on the next pitch.Hosmer hit an RBI single in the seventh off Justin Wilson. Ellis had an RBI double in the eighth against Brian Duensing and scored when Margot grounded into a forceout.TRAINER’S ROOMPadres: LF Wil Myers left in the sixth inning with a bruised left foot. … RHP Bryan Mitchell (right elbow tendinitis) allowed two runs and two hits over 2 2/3 innings for Class A Lake Elsinore, throwing 28 of 50 pitches for strikes. He was 0-3 with a 7.08 ERA, making seven starts and then five relief appearances before going on the disabled list on June 20. Green said he wants Mitchell’s to get stretched out in the minors so he can rejoin the rotation.Cubs: RHP Brandon Morrow (right biceps inflammation) made about 30 tosses from flat ground ranging out to about 60 feet. Morrow, who has 22 saves in 24 chances, hasn’t pitched since July 15.UP NEXTPadres RHP Tyson Ross (6-8, 4.41) faces LHP Jose Quintana (9-7, 4.26) on Friday. Ross is 1-3 in and has an 8.87 ERA in his last five starts. Quintana gave up six runs in three innings at St. Louis last Saturday.— WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals will enter the offseason with three-fifths of their 2019 starting rotation likely in place.Right-hander Joe Ross is looking to fill one of the two remaining spots.Friday night against the Cubs, Ross will make his first start in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago. Ross made his major league debut against the Cubs in 2015.Article continues below ...“It feels great. It’s been a long time this year. Watching from down in Florida’s kind of tough, but I’m glad to be back and glad to get an opportunity this Friday to get a start again,” Ross said earlier this week. “It’s kind of debut No. 2 against the Cubs. I’m excited.”Ross, 25 Felipe Vazquez Jersey , was acquired from the Padres in December of 2014 with a player to be named later — Trea Turner — as part of a three-team trade that saw Washington send Steven Souza and Travis Ott to Tampa Bay. Ross was 17-13 with a 3.95 ERA in 48 games from 2015 to July of 2017 before having surgery.Now, after six minor league rehab starts, he returns to face left-hander Jon Lester (15-5, 3.53 ERA).“Just kind of compete. You know, go throw strikes and do what I’ve always done, challenge batters,” Ross said of his expectations for Friday. “The last thing I want to do is get that high pitch count early in the game. So, just be aggressive and try and get outs and trust the defense.”With Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Tanner Roark set to return, Ross will be among the young Nationals pitchers looking to break into the 2018 rotation, but Ross said he is not focusing on proving his worth necessarily over the next few weeks.“Obviously, No. 1 is being healthy, so as long as I can finish the rest of this year and feel good and strong then that’s fine with me Starling Marte Jersey ,” he said. “But inside I want to compete and when I go out and pitch I’m going to try and win the game so it’s not really try and prove my worth to the team in the last 30 days, I just want to go out there and win games.”Lester will start in Washington for the first time since the 2017 NL Division Series. He is 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA in seven career regular-season starts against the Nationals. Lester was 0-0 with a 1.86 ERA in two appearances, including one start, in the 2017 NL Division Series against Washington.Lester hasn’t lost since Aug. 11 when the Nationals pounded him for nine runs (eight earned) in 3 2/3 innings at Wrigley Field. In his last start, Lester gave up eight hits but threw six shutout innings in a win against the Phillies on Sunday. He escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth inning and retired six of the final seven batters.“When it gets a little tight, and you’ve got a lead, he makes really good pitches,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon told the Chicago Tribune. “He made good pitches when he had to.”In Thursday’s series opener, Chicago’s David Bote did it to the Nationals again, driving in the go-ahead run with a double in the 10th inning off reliever Jimmy Cordero as the Cubs (83-57) won 6-4. On Aug. 12 at Wrigley Field, he delivered a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the ninth to hand the Cubs a 4-3 win. The Cubs boast the best record in the National League and lead the Central Division by 4 1/2 games.Washington (69-72) has lost three straight to fall three games below .500 for the first time since April 30.
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