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Cubs bats fall asleep in 5-1 loss to the Padres

Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune on

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CHICAGO -- The Cubs entered Sunday hoping to pad their record before heading west.

No dice.

They managed just six hits in their sleepy 5-1 loss to the Padres. Their only extra-base hit was Kris Bryant's bloop double to right in the first inning.

Robel Garcia scorched two balls, but the strong winds blowing in from the north knocked them down.

Kyle Schwarber slammed down his helmet after striking out to the end the fifth. Anthony Rizzo had a legit beef with home-plate umpire Chad Whitson after he got rung up on a Paul Quantrill pitch to end the sixth; the 2-2 offering appeared to be outside.

But that's how it went for the Cubs, who dropped to 36-18 at Wrigley Field.

Kyle Hendricks turned in a typical Hendricks home performance -- seven innings, two runs, four hits and two walks -- but fell to 7-8. He allowed a run in the fifth after walking light-hitting Luis Urias and gave up a 381-foot homer in the seventh to catcher Francisco Mejia, just his fourth blast of the season.

Carl Edwards Jr. struggled in his first outing following a strained back and minor-league rehab stint. He walked one batter, hit another with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single, opening the floodgates.

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The Cubs went 7-2 on the homestand and know the mission will get tougher.

Next up are three games at San Francisco followed by three at Milwaukee and three in St. Louis. They do have scheduled off days before and after the Brewers series.

The Cubs have hit equally well at home and on the road, with an OPS slightly better away from Chicago. The culprit has been their road pitching (4.97 ERA).

"That's really strange for me," manager Joe Maddon said before Sunday's game. "I would not have guessed there was that much of a disparity involved. ... It's not like it's an intimidation factor. I'm not getting that. We're just not playing as well. I don't even know how much it is that other teams have gotten better. I don't even know where this all comes together."

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