SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres’ day began with news that manager Bob Melvin will have prostate surgery and ended with a thrilling win against the Chicago Cubs.
Manny Machado hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and left fielder Jurickson Profar caught Frank Schwindel’s bases-loaded drive at the wall to seal a 5-4 victory Tuesday night.
Closer Taylor Rogers allowed Ian Happ’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth and loaded the bases before retiring Schwindel for his 12 save in 13 chances.
“These are the days you go through and thankfully we had an extra insurance run to play with,” Rogers said. “He said he thought Schwindel’s ball might go out, “but Profar’s reaction, I thought maybe we had a chance and thankfully we did.”
Said starter Mike Clevinger, who pitched at Petco Park for the first time since late in the 2020 season: “I had my stomach in my throat but it’s all good.”
Melvin announced before the game that he’ll have surgery Wednesday. He said he doesn’t think he has cancer, “but they won’t know until they get in there.” Melvin, hired away from Oakland on Nov. 1, said he expects to miss at least a week’s worth of games. Bench coach Ryan Christenson will serve as interim manager.
“It really makes you appreciate where you are, what you’re doing right now,” Clevinger said. “There’s a lot of things bigger than this game. We’re all here supporting Bob and we wish him the best tomorrow.”
Rogers allowed Ian Happ’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth and loaded the bases before Profar caught Schwindel’s drive.
Clevinger pitched well for 4 1/3 innings in his first start at Petco Park since late in the 2020 season. He missed last season while rehabbing after Tommy John surgery. Chicago’s Wade Miley lasted three innings in his Cubs debut, which was delayed…