The San Diego Padres are not happy with Anthony Rizzo

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

The home run was Rizzo's 16th of the year, surpassing Kris Bryant for the team lead.

"It's a cheap shot", said Padres manager Andy Green. I'm not saying he's a dirty player at all - nobody is saying that - but he clearly deviated from his path to hit our catcher, took our catcher out. "He took our catcher out".

"For a hard play, no", he said.

"By no means do I think that's a dirty play at all", Rizzo said.

"I'd much prefer what Riz did tonight. I thought I gave him the plate".

The fact that Hedges left the game afterwards with what was later determined to be a right thigh bruise only fuels that fire. "It's a play where I'm out by two steps". "I don't know how long he's out for".

In his last start on June 14 at Petco Park, Chacin held the Reds to two runs over seven innings for his sixth win as the Padres completed a three-game sweep with a 4-2 triumph.

Jose Pirela and Yangervis Solarte each had a solo homer for the Padres, although Pirela's error allowed the winning run to score.

But here's something more fun to consider: "a healthy Rizzo is one of the best hitters in the league no matter where he bats, and if the Cubs" younger hitters can get going, this is a team that could continue to mash for a while. He has reached base in all six games leading off, just the fifth Cubs player to do so since 1946.

He gave up two solo homers but otherwise allowed just five hits and one walk while striking out four.

J.A. Happ (2-4) picked up his first home win of the season, giving up three runs and eight hits over 6 2/3 innings while striking out nine.

"I loved it", said pitcher Jon Lester, who worked six innings of five-hit, two-run ball. He walked three and struck out three.

Contreras led off the bottom of the inning with an opposite-field homer against Richard - on a 1-2 - for a tie at 2. Last season, Dexter Fowler also matched the feat, which is one game short of Richie Ashburn, who reached safely in seven straight games for the Cubs in 1960.

In the bottom of the first, Rizzo spoiled the Padres' infield shift toward first base by placing a flawless bunt down the third-base line that wasn't picked up until he had reached first.

Seth Smith and Trey Mancini homered to start the first and second innings, respectively, for the Orioles. It was his 10th of the season and third since Saturday, when he clubbed two against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Batting leadoff, Rizzo doubled and scored in the first, singled and scored in the third and hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Chicago went 3-3 on the trip through NY and Pittsburgh and scored 30 runs in its three wins.

NOTES: San Diego designated RHP Zach Lee for assignment on Monday and claimed LHP Dillon Overton off waivers from Seattle and optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

Rizzo did his part in Monday night's series opener against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field.

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