LLLLLL: Padres 3, Cubs 1
After losing to the likes of Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, and Jake Peavy earlier in the current losing streak, the Cubs fell Saturday night at San Diego to young Josh Geer, who came into the game with a 5.61 ERA and no victories in five starts.
Cubs starter Randy Wells, subbing for the injured Rich Harden, pitched well enough to win (again). He yielded 3 runs on 5 hits and 1 BB over 7 innings.
Some of the Cub hitters even showed signs of life: Derrek Lee and Mike Fontenot had two hits each: Milton Bradley had a hit and a first-inning rocket that died deep in the vastness of Petco's centerfield.
Still, going into the final inning, Lee's solo home run in the second inning accounted for all the Cub scoring. Then, in the ninth, Bradley and Lee stroked back-to-back singles, and the Cubs had the tying runs at first and third with none out against Padres closer-for-a-night, Edward Mujica.
Micah Hoffpauir then ripped a hard ground ball at Padres first-baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who touched first, looked Bradley back to third, and fired to second to double up Lee.
Geovany Soto was the Cubs' last hope, and he worked the count full before watching a belt-high fastball pass for strike three.
Ted Lilly (5-3, 3.35) gets the start Sunday against Chris Young (3-2, 5.07) as the Cubs try to avoid getting swept at San Diego and concluding the six-game road trip without a victory.
1984: The Padres honored the members of their '84, Steve Garvey-led National League Championship team before the game, so those of us who lived through that horror had a chance to be reminded of it before the fun of the actual game began.
Coming attraction: The Cubs' next opponents, the Pirates, were blanked for a second consecutive night by the White Sox in their interleague series at U.S. Cellular Field. Pirates' offense vs. Cubs' offense—should be a matchup for the ages.
trevor clifton (high-A) could be interesting in a couple seasons...could even become a high/middle rotation guy. he's got a lot of pluses in his pitching except control.
eric leal's (high-A) progression through the minors should be worth watching even if only projects to be an mid/end-rotation starter.
we also gotta keep a long-distance eye on guys like jose paulino (ss-A) and preston morrison (A).
As Johnny Bach used to say when it was time for the MJ Bulls to crank up the defensive pressure: "Release the Dobermans!", and Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and Harper would just suffocate the other team.
I'd love to add Carl Jr. to that group - he's got the stuff.
Historically, the Moneyball guys have been great at identifying productive hitters. Not so much with pitchers.
Wow - Pierce Johnson with an ERA of 8.01 in 42IP!
What a stud prospect! Must be pitching with a pierced johnson.
Looks like Ryan Williams is the only legit prospect there. That is sad...
Well it would seem that's all they need now. "Stropy" can have his moments, but he's been more consistent post-asg.
Take THAT, Cardinals -- you beat Fernandez, we beat Sale.
I really like Lackey as a 6-inning pitcher.
Three amigos? Because the Dominican, the Venezuelan, and the Cuban?
Maybe the three-headed dragon?
Who says Contreras can't frame? Stone cold robbery of Eaton with that called third strike for the first out in the eighth
Three amigos time?
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.