Struggles at the plate are costing the Atlanta Braves in the NL East race, but an unusually sloppy performance from Craig Kimbrel provided the latest setback. Facing the San Diego Padres may not provide much relief, either. The Braves attempt to get their bats untracked in the opener of this four-game wraparound series with the Padres on Friday night. Atlanta (55-47) led Washington by one game in the division after opening this 11-game homestand with a 6-4 win over Philadelphia last Friday.

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Despite struggling on the mound most of the game, Ian Kennedy executed his pitches when he needed it the most. Tommy Medica hit a go-ahead RBI double in the fifth, the same inning Kennedy pitched out of a bases loaded jam, and the San Diego Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3 on Wednesday night. On a cool, unseasonably summer night in Chicago, Kennedy (8-9) won his third straight decision. With the bases loaded and one out in the fifth, Kennedy struck out Anthony Rizzo and got Starlin Castro to ground out to end the inning.

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Jeff Samardzija is beginning to settle in with his new club since the Oakland Athletics acquired him earlier this month, mostly enjoying being a part of a pennant race. It’s unclear if Yoenis Cespedes will start as Samardzija takes the mound at home in the finale of this three-game set with the Houston Astros. It marked his third start with Oakland after he went 2-7 with a 2.83 ERA in 17 outings for the Chicago Cubs. He’ll look to improve on those numbers in this contest, though Cespedes’ status is unclear after he left Wednesday’s 9-7 victory over Houston with a sprained right thumb.

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San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Mayin was suspended 25 games without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension was effective immediately, and the Padres purchased the contract of outfielder Jeff Francoeur from Triple-A El Paso. Maybin is hitting just .247 in 174 at-bats this season, appearing in 62 games. Francoeur was in the starting lineup for the Padres’ game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and hit a two-run double in the first inning.

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Adam Wainwright knew what was happening Tuesday night, but he felt powerless to stop it. The St. Louis Cardinals right-hander’s normally clean mechanics went awry. In the fifth inning of a 7-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, Wainwright walked three batters, hit one and committed his first error in 84 starts, leading to a five-run outburst that decided the game and helped drop St. Louis 1 1/2 games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Central. After comparing Tuesday’s game to his 9-4 loss May 30 against the San Francisco Giants, he made a vow for his Sunday start at the Chicago Cubs.

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Mike Minor’s inconsistency has left the Atlanta Braves wondering what they’re going to see from start to start. It’s been pretty well known, though, that he hasn’t been at his best when facing the Miami Marlins recently. Minor hopes that’s not the case Tuesday night as he looks to help Atlanta avoid a third loss in four games at Turner Field. He’s coming off his first win since May 19, though that’s a bit deceiving considering he allowed six runs and 11 hits in six innings of the Braves’ 11-6 victory over the Chicago Cubs on July 12.

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Left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada was chosen to start the Chicago Cubs’ game Wednesday, manager Rick Renteria announced Sunday, a move that fills out the post-break rotation. Wada, 33, has made one previous start in the majors this season, having given up one unearned run in five innings of a no-decision in the second game of “He had a real nice outing (against Cincinnati), and his last outing in the minor leagues was good. “He did a nice job against Cincinnati.

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Curses! The Chicago Cubs have led the majors in bad luck, even more than bad play, since their most recent World Series victory in 1908. A most recent example happened Sunday when first baseman Anthony Rizzo went over a railing at Chase Field in order to make a great catch against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sounds great so far — just like the first two games of the 1984 NLCS!
The bad part was that Rizzo went all of the way over the railing and landed in a camera well on a foul pop by Aaron Hill in the sixth inning. Rizzo was fine, physically, but his landing spot — out of bounds — invoked rule 7.04(c) , which allowed David Peralta to score from third base after umpires waved him home, giving Arizona a one-run lead in the sixth.
The D-backs won 3-2 .
D’oh!

Rule 7.04(c) Comment: If a fielder, after having made a legal catch, should fall into a stand or among spectators or into the dugout or any other out-of-play area while in possession of the ball after making a legal catch, or fall while in the dugout after making a legal catch, the ball is dead and each runner shall advance one base, without liability to be put out, from his last legally touched base at the time the fielder fell into, or in, such out-of-play area.

If Rizzo had not caught the ball, the run wouldn’t have scored. If he had caught the ball and been able to hold onto the railing without landing out of bounds, the run wouldn’t have scored. He did the right thing, the best he could, but it wasn’t good enough for the Cubs. Again. Via the Associated Press:

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Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo made a remarkable catch, tumbling into the photo well to snag a foul ball. Josh Collmenter threw seven sharp innings, David Peralta drove in a pair of runs and the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 3-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep. The only run Collmenter allowed was Rizzo’s 23rd home run of the season, matching his total for all of last year. ”With a lot of lefties in the lineup I was able to pitch in really well, got a lot of popups and ground balls and the defense made some great plays.” David Peralta had a run-scoring double to tie it, then came home from third on Rizzo’s camera well plunge.

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Skip Schumaker has been reinstated from the seven-day concussion disabled list and is in the Cincinnati Reds’ lineup against the New York Yankees. Schumaker was set to bat second and play second base Sunday in place of injured Brandon Phillips. To make room on the roster, the Reds optioned infielder Neftali Soto to Triple-A Louisville. Schumaker was injured when he ran into the outfield wall while trying to make a catch July 10 against the Chicago Cubs.

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