Cubs Kids Shutout in San Diego – Cubs 0 Padres 2

Game One Hundred Sixty – Cubs 0 Padres 2
WP – Mat Latos (9-14) LP – Casey Coleman (3-9) Save – Heath Bell (43)

Mike Quade ran out a lineup full of the youngest players on his roster, along with Carlos Pena, and the Cubs were shutout on just two hits on Monday night. Mat Latos dominated the ‘Cubs Kids‘ and took a no hitter into the sixth. Casey Coleman broke up Latos’ no hit bid with a one-out triple … the first triple for a Cubs pitcher since Ted Lilly back on June 9, 2009 in Houston. The Cubs only other hit came in the seventh. Starlin Castro (1-for-4, stolen base) led off with a single and reached base for the 38th straight game.

The Cubs managed only three baserunners in nine innings … two hits and the 100th walk of the season by Carlos Pena (0-for-2 with a walk). Padres pitching struck out 11 batters on Monday night.

Mat Latos kept the young Cubs off balance all night. Latos tied a season-high with nine strikeouts. Latos struck out five of the first ten batters he faced and came within one strikeout of his career-high (set three times, once against the Cubs).

Casey Coleman finished his season with a loss but put together another solid outing. Coleman matched Latos pitch for pitch until the sixth. Coleman was not the same after he tripled in the top of the inning. Will Venable hit a solo homer to start the inning and the Padres scored their second run on doubles by Jesus Guzman and Cameron Maybin.

Casey Coleman allowed two runs on five hits (one home run) with two walks and seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. Coleman threw 99 pitches, 64 for strikes.

Rafael Dolis made his big league debut and faced the minimum in 1 1/3 innings of work. Dolis struck out one, walked one but did not give up a hit (20 pitches, nine for strikes). John Gaub threw the ball well and surrendered a hit but no runs in his 2/3 of an inning. Ramon Ortiz recorded the final out of the eighth inning.

The Cubs lost for the 90th time in 2011 and dropped back to 20 games under .500 with a 70-90 record … Mat Latos and Casey Coleman sat down the side in order in the first inning. Campana hit a weak grounder to second on a 3-2 pitch and almost beat Hudson’s throw to first and Cameron Maybin made an excellent diving catch running in toward the infield to take away a hit from Starlin Castro in the first. Coleman threw 14 pitches, nine for strikes, in the first and the Padres went down quietly in order.

After Carlos Pena worked the count full to start the second inning, he struck out swinging for the first out. Bryan LaHair launched a 1-1 pitch to straight away center. Maybin caught the ball with his back against the wall. Steve Clevenger, in his first big league at bat, grounded out to short to end the inning.

Casey Coleman labored through a 28-pitch second inning … but did not allow any runs. Cameron Maybin walked with one out (3-2 pitch) and was promptly picked off first base. Coleman picked him off first after the second pitch to Chase Headley. Coleman ended up walking Headley and giving up a single to Orlando Hudson … the first hit of the game. With runners on first and second and two down, Jeremy Hermida struck out swinging on a 2-2 pitch to end the inning. Casey threw 42 pitches in the first two innings, 24 for strikes.

Mat Latos made quick work of LeMahieu, Colvin and Coleman in the third.

Casey Coleman struck out two of the three batters he faced in the bottom of third. Casey sat down the Padres on 11 pitches, eight for strikes.

Mat Latos continued his domination of the kids in the fourth. Latos struck out Campana and Barney to start the inning then retired Castro on a foul pop to first to end the inning.

The Padres did nothing in the fourth … 1-2-3 on nine pitches for Casey Coleman.

Carlos Pena walked for the 100th time on the season to start the fifth. Bryan LaHair put together a nice at bat but swung at a bad pitch on a 3-2 offering. Pena ran and was able to get into scoring position. Steve Clevenger popped out to left (2-0 pitch) and LeMahieu popped out to Hudson in shallow right (1-0 pitch) to end the inning.

Mat Latos faced one over the minimum through five innings with seven strikeouts.

Chase Headley led off the fifth with a single to center, just the Padres’ second hit. Coleman struck out Hudson and Jeremy Hermida flied out to right (2-2 pitch). Latos struck out looking to end the inning.

Tyler Colvin looked at strike three to start the sixth. Casey Coleman ripped a 2-2 pitch into right center. Coleman rounded second and slid into third with the first triple of his career … and the first three-bagger for a Cubs’ pitcher since Ted Lilly on June 9, 2009 in Houston. But the Cubs could not take advantage. Campana bunted back to Latos and Barney flied out to right.

Casey Coleman was not the same in the bottom of the sixth and appeared to be favoring his left knee. Coleman appeared to hurt his knee sliding into third in the top of the inning.

Will Venable reached down and launched a 0-1 pitch over the wall in center … and just like that the Cubs trailed 1-0. The Padres started squaring up Coleman the third time through the lineup.

Jason Bartlett hit a one-hopper back up the box that Coleman knocked down … but Jesus Guzman followed the Bartlett ground out with a ground rule double to left. Casey struck out Chase Headley swinging (2-2 pitch) then received a visit from the training staff and Mike Quade. Coleman stayed in the game and gave up another run.

Cameron Maybin ripped a 0-1 pitch into the left field corner, Guzman scored the Padres second run and chased Coleman from the game.

Rafael Dolis made his big league debut and retired Chase Headley on a grounder to first (2-2 pitch) to end the inning.

Starlin Castro led off the seventh with a solid single to left (0-1 pitch). Carlos Pena put together a long at bat that ended with a strikeout on the tenth pitch. Pena tried to check his swing but could not hold up. LaHair grounded out to Latos on the first base side of the bag. Castro advanced to third but for the second time in as many innings, the Cubs left a runner on third … Steve Clevenger fouled out to Headley on a 2-0 pitch to end the inning.

Rafael Dolis pitched the bottom of the seventh and notched the first strikeout of his big league career to start the inning. Dolis struck out Orlando Hudson swinging on a 3-2 pitch. Dolis issued a four-pitch walk to Hermida but induced a 5-4-3 double play off the bat of pinch-hitter Aaron Cunningham to end the inning. Dolis threw 20 pitches in his 1 1/3 innings of work, nine for strikes.

The Cubs did nothing against Chad Qualls in the top of the eighth.

John Gaub started the bottom of the eighth and retired Venable on a grounder to second (3-2 pitch). Jason Bartlett flied out to right but Jesus Guzman ripped a 2-0 pitch into center. Mike Quade went to his pen and brought in Ramon Ortiz to face Nick Hundley. Guzman swiped second on the first pitch to Hundley. Ortiz fell behind 3-0 before Hundley flied out to center on a 3-2 pitch for the final out.

The top of the Cubs lineup did nothing against Heath Bell in the ninth.

Three runs and three losses in a row … back to 20 games below with two left to go.

Box Score from Yahoo Sports

Matt Garza will face Anthony Bass in the next to last game of the season on Tuesday night.


  • Calicub

    Well atleast they didn’t get no hit.

    Too bad for Coleman, excellent work until that triple. I’d say the new wind up is doing it for him though we’ll see what happens next year. I have a feeling Camp Colvin will be quite full this winter.

    Also I hpe Coleman turns into the Cubs Lincecum. Got Dadio to tweak that delivery but I’m not jumping the gun I promise. He’s along way out I know let’s just hope he builds on this success and can fill a spot in the rotation. I thing the shark should stay in the pen and compete for the set up/ closer role. he just figured out how to be capable in the majors now is not the time to flop him around…Just like sean marshall, some people just can’t cut it in the rotation.

    • paulcatanese

      You are right they didnt get a no hitter thrown against them. And now I suppose they are all going to get on their knees and kiss Qua’s feet for the limited opportunity. I didnt see too much difference between the vets and the kids, they were nervous but played well. The master power hitter Pena did just about as well as any time he plays, two K’s and a walk(his specialty) kew he would be in there instead of LaHair over at first, Qua has to give him every chance to hit his 30 mark. The pitching did well, and I was impressed. This was a long time comming from Qua, but again by exposing these kids the way he did was very tough on them. Looking at Colvin, he looks as though he has just been resigned too his fate a non factor. Clevenger looked solid behind the plate, and all of them carried themselves well on defense, but obviously pressed on offense. I liked it they did well under the circumstances. But under Qua, well it looks like he will go back to what he does, play Aram tonight, what a waste, and with all the rest of the vets, what will that do? Are the Padres contenders?

      • Calicub

         No but if he can pass the Pirates for forth place Q thinks he can return next year.

        People say the fan base will not appreciate a rebuild but will they appreciate stop gaps and short term thinking any longer?

        • paulcatanese

          Agree, fourth place has been on Qua’s mind for a long time. If he does return its clear how much any rookie will be allowed into the lineup. Everyone talks about Jackson and how he will be in center, well i’ll believe that when I see it. He will sit just as long as the others. I do not understand the playing of Aram any further for this year, Qua is insane.

          • Calicub

            Yeah he’s certified alright

  • cubs1967

    well………..the kids played……….time to act like a BIG market team in the offseason and go after Fielder, WIlson and whoever else to win a World Series. i know lots on here want the 2012 team to be the Iowa Cubs…………but as everyone can see……….that won’t stop 103 yrs of laughingstock of all sports; the Cubs.
    here’s hoping Ricketts has his big boy britches on…….when he hires a GM.
    and the Sun Times says they will reach out to Ryno……….hmmmmmmm…if you had just hired him………

    103 yrs and counting………..the Iowa Cubs will never win a WS………there is NO grace period tommyboy.