He had driven in two runs with a single in the sixth inning, but San Diego's Steve Garvey still had to listen to criticism from his manager today about a fielding play.
Garvey was chastised by Manager Dick Williams "for making a bad play that could have been disastrous for us."
But it wasn't and the Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs, 3-1.
"The Cubs had a runner on first base with one out," Williams said, "and Scot Thompson hit a ground ball that, in my opinion, should have been fielded with Garvey getting the sure out at first base."
Instead, Garvey tried for the force play at second and threw the ball away, putting two runners on with one out.
"Luckily, Eric Show struck out the next two batters to preserve our 3-0 lead," Williams said.
Cubs Manager Lee Elia was irked by pitcher Steve Trout. "After Trout walked Sixto Lezcano, he had, in my opinion, a better chance to get Terry Kennedy out because Kennedy is a left-handed batter and Trout is a left-handed pitcher."
Elia continued, "Trout did not challenge Kennedy at all, and the batter was able to get a solid hit to drive in the third run."
Show (3-1) had a perfect game for 5 1/3 innings, retiring the first 16 batters until Larry Bowa's bunt single in the sixth.
The Cubs' Bill Buckner got the first 16 putouts and finished with 21, one short of the major-league record for a first baseman in a nine-inning game.