"When you're involved in a game like that, it's kind of
emotional as well. We've been out here since 10 this morning and
it's lot nicer to be able to take off with a win than a loss,"
Greene said after his 11th-inning single sent the Padres past the
Chicago Cubs 5-4 Friday.
The game was delayed twice by rain for a total of 78 minutes on
a raw day when the temperature at first pitch was just 60 degrees.
Despite a season-high 18 left on base, the Padres were able to
move within a game of the Cubs for the NL wild-card lead.
"It's going to be a battle until the last week of September.
It's going to go deep in the season before we know who is going to
the playoffs," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.
"This is a team we will be battling and it's important we came
in here and got a couple of wins."
With two outs, Greene hit an 0-2 pitch from Ryan Dempster (0-1)
through the hole into left field to put the Padres in front. Greene
also had two doubles.
"With two outs the crowd really gets involved and I tried to
just slow myself down a little bit. That's why I don't get too
excited when I get a hit because I'm kind of a bit tranquil,"
Garciaparra's homer, which made up for an earlier error, gave
the Cubs a lead they couldn't hold.
In the sixth, with Terrence Long breaking for second, Rich
Aurilia hit a hard bouncer toward the bag that second baseman Mark
Grudzielanek caught as he fell down and then flipped to
Umpire Bruce Froemming ruled a hard-sliding Long safe at second
as Garciaparra sidestepped him before throwing the ball past first
for an error. Cubs manager Dusty Baker came out to argue, and
replays showed that Garciaparra's foot hit the bag.
And Froemming admitted after the game that he missed the call.
"You don't like it to happen. On the field I had him coming
across the bag, I came in here and looked at the replay. I wanted
to know if I had it right. I did not have it right," Froemming
"You don't like to miss them. But I mean I looked at the replay
and it's clear that he got the bag."
Told that Froemming admitted making a mistake, Garciaparra said:
"I know how I felt. You make your argument and you just keep
playing. You try to let it go and do what you can."
Minutes later, when a close pitch from Jon Leicester to Jay
Payton was called a ball, Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild was
ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons, precipitating another argument
Payton delivered a sacrifice fly to cut the Cubs' lead to 2-1
and, after another walk to pinch-hitter Dave Hansen, Greene hit a
tying RBI double.
Cubs starter Matt Clement hit a sacrifice fly after Grudzielanek
tripled -- the first of his four hits -- in the second.
Sammy Sosa struck out four times and was booed loudly. ...
Sean Burroughs (sore knee) and Nevin weren't in the Padres'
starting lineup, but both entered in the late innings. ... Ramirez
left after the fourth inning as a precaution and was replaced by
Ramon Martinez. Ramirez missed 11 games earlier this season with a
groin strain. ... Patterson had two singles, a double, two walks
and two stolen bases, giving him a career-high 20 steals.
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