Game One Hundred Twenty – Cubs 0 Padres 1
WP – Jon Garland (12-8) LP – Randy Wells (5-11) Save – Heath Bell (36)
Two numbers from Tuesday night … thirty and seventy, as in thirty one-run losses and seventy defeats on the year for the Chicago Cubs.
The Cubs went through the motions once again and looked lifeless in the process. The Cubs out hit the Padres (6-3) but were shutout for the ninth time this season … and the eighth time since June 19.
The Cubs once again had their chances. They put the leadoff runner on in three straight innings (second – fourth) and came away empty. Six Cubs reached base against Jon Garland in the first three innings but hit into two double plays.
Jon Garland shut down the Cubs in the middle innings and made the one run the Padres were given in the first inning hold up.
Bud Black went to his pen in the eighth and brought in Mike Adams. Kosuke Fukudome walked with one out and advanced to third on a single to right by Starlin Castro. But Marlon Byrd hit into a 6-4-3 inning ending double play on the first pitch of the at bat. Tuesday marked the 11th time this season the Cubs hit into three double plays in the same game.
Aramis Ramirez led off the ninth with a bloop single to right, Darwin Barney ran for him but did not advance after Nady and Soriano struck out swinging.
Blake DeWitt stepped in and launched a 1-0 offering from Heath Bell to deep right. Ryan Ludwick caught the ball in the vines to end the game.
After an extremely rocky start, Randy Wells settled down and put together a solid outing Tuesday night. Wells gave up just one run, on a fielder’s choice in the first inning, on three hits in seven innings. Wells walked three, struck out six and hit a batter.
The lone run of the game came in the first inning on bases loaded groundout to Xavier Nady. Instead of throwing home, Nady thought about throwing to second before getting the sure out at first. Jerry Hairston, Jr. scored on the play … the only run of the game.
Sean Marshall and Carlos Marmol continued to be bright spots on a bad season. Marshall sat down the Padres in order in the eighth, his 63rd appearance of the season … and Marmol gave up his one walk but struck out a pair in the ninth. Marmol’s two strikeouts in the ninth ran his season total to 100 in 55 2/3 innings. Marmol became just the second reliever in Cubs’ history to total 100 strikeouts in multiple seasons … the other, Bruce Sutter.
Tuesday’s loss was the Cubs first 1-0 defeat since June 16, 2007 … against the San Diego Padres.
Lou’s crew dropped their 30th one-run game of the year (14-30) and lost their 70th game of the season in the process. The Cubs slipped back to 20 games under the mediocre mark with a 50-70 record … The Chicago Cubs showed again Tuesday night their inability to do the “little things” that win ballgames. The “offense” finished the game 0-for-7 with RISP and left seven on base. They hit into three double plays and showed little to no patience at the plate with the game on the line.
The Cubs defense, or lack thereof, cost them another game. Not only did they commit two more errors and ran their Major League worse total to 96, but Xavier Nady’s decision not to throw home cost his team a run.
Randy Wells gave up a single to Jerry Hairston, Jr. to start the game. Miguel Tejada walked and Adrian Gonzalez flied out to center. Hairston tagged and advanced to third on the play. Wells hit Ryan Ludwick to load the bases with one out.
Chase Headley hit a chopper to Xavier Nady with the infield playing back. Nady did not look home. He looked at second but decided to toss to Randy Wells covering first. Nady should have thrown home … but it would not have mattered anyway.
Casey Coleman will make his first big league start Wednesday afternoon … with Clayton Richard getting the ball for the Padres.