CHICAGO (AP) — An apparent routine fly ball that dropped in. A pair of infield hits. A tying passed ball the catcher failed to hustle after.
The San Diego Padres had a most unusual rally against the Chicago Cubs.
Yonder Alonso's two-out fly ball to right field dropped in front of Julio Borbon for an RBI single that led to a four-run eighth inning and boosted the Padres over the Cubs 4-2 Thursday for a four-game series split.
"It was a little funky," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Good funky."
Travis Wood (2-2) retired his first 14 batters before Kyle Blanks singled, and he led 2-0 when Jesus Guzman reached on an infield single leading off the eighth. Blanks followed Guzman's hit with a walk, but Jedd Gyorko flied out and Nick Hundley fouled out.
Alonso, pinch hitting for Joe Thatcher, lofted a ball to right on the windy afternoon. Second baseman Darwin Barney backpedaled and Borbon sprinted in. Borbon called for the ball, Barney peeled off, and the ball fell just in front of Borbon's outstretched glove as Guzman scored.
"It's a ball that I felt I should've caught," Borbon said. "It's a matter of just that extra second of maybe Barney recognizing it and either calling me off or him being able to get out of the way. I felt like at the speed I was going in at, I would have been able to catch it if I wouldn't have seen him still there. He said that if he would've picked up the ball a 10th of a second earlier, he would've been able to call me off and maybe I'm veering off to the side."
Borbon entered at the start of the inning as a defensive replacement for Scott Hairston, who had put the Cubs ahead with a two-run homer in the seventh off Eric Stults. Borbon was making his third big league appearances in right, all since joining the Cubs on April 19.