Broderick Perkins drove in the winning run with a second-inning single in San Diego last night as the Padres defeated Chicago, 2-1, to mar the performance of Ferguson Jenkins. The Cub pitcher became the seventh in major league history to record 3,000 career strikeouts.
Jenkins, 38, who was relieved after seven innings, was outdueled by left-hander Chris Welsh (2-1).
Jenkins reached the milestone by fanning Garry Templeton on three pitches with one out in the third inning. Jenkins, who finished with four strikeouts, boosting his total to 3,003, joined Walter Johnson, Gaylord Perry, Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, Bob Gibson and Tom Seaver in the 3,000-strikeout club.
Cub first baseman Bill Buckner removed himself from the lineup prior to the game, saying he was suffering from neck spasms as a result of a scuffle with Manager Lee Elia Monday night.
Buckner denied Elia's claims that he (Buckner) asked Cub reliever Dan Larson to throw at San Diego's Tim Flannery (hit in the back) after he was decked by Tim Lollar's sixth-inning pitch--inadvertently, Lollar said; purposely, Buckner claimed, with Elia forcefully differing.
"I just grabbed him," Elia told reporters. "There might have been some arms flying, but nobody hit anybody."