Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 04/29/13

Game Twenty-Five: Cubs (9-15) vs. Padres (9-15)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 189/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.03/1.10) vs. Clayton Richard (0-2, 7.94/2.00)

The Cubs open a 10-game, four team homestand tonight with the first of four against the Padres. The Cubs host the Reds over the weekend then play the Rangers in the makeup game from the postponement back on April 17. The homestand concludes with a pair against the Cardinals. Due to the makeup with the Rangers, the Cubs will play three different teams in a three-day span on this homestand.

After playing 16 of the first 24 on the road, 16 of the next 19 games are at Wrigley Field where the Cubs are 3-5 this season.

The Cubs split the six games against the Padres a year ago and will face an underachieving Padres team for the next four days. But the Padres are getting healthy and have won four straight since getting Carlos Quentin back from his eight-game suspension.

The Cubs struggling offense will have their hands full for the next four days. After tonight’s matchup of Jeff Samardzija and Clayton Richard, Edwin Jackson faces Edinson Volquez on Tuesday then Scott Feldman squares off against Andrew Cashner on Wednesday. Travis Wood and Eric Stults are scheduled to wrap up the series on Thursday afternoon. The Cubs will have to face a pair of righties they do not match up well against while the other two games will be started by lefties, the Cubs are 2-4 in games started by southpaws this season.

The offense must find a way to support Jeff Samardzija tonight. It is fair to say that Samardzija is the best four-loss starter in the big leagues. The Cubs have scored only 10 runs in Samardzija’s five starts.

Tonight all starts with Jeff Samardzija.

Jeff Samardzija is coming off his third quality start of the season … and his fourth loss. Samardzija made one mistake over six innings and it cost him the game. Todd Frazier launched a solo shot off Samardzija in the sixth, the third homer off Samardzija in two starts. Samardzija has not been as dominant in his last three outings as he was in his first 12 innings of the season. But he’s still been very, very good. It is rare to see a pitcher with Samardzija’s peripheral stats with four losses on his record.

In 32 2/3 innings this season, Samardzija has allowed just 26 hits with 39 strikeouts and only 10 walks.

Jeff Samardzija makes his third career start against the Padres tonight. Samardzija is 2-1 in four games, two starts, with a 2.20 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP … last season, 1-1 in two starts with a 2.57 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP.

Padres Career Numbers against Jeff Samardzija

  • Yonder Alonso – 1-for-7
  • Alexi Amarista – 0-for-5
  • John Baker – 2-for-7 with a double and a walk
  • Everth Cabrera – 1-for-6 with a double
  • Chris Denorfia – 0-for-3
  • Jesus Guzman – 0-for-1
  • Chase Headley – 2-for-7 with a double and two walks
  • Nick Hundley – 0-for-2
  • Mark Kotsay – 0-for-4 with a walk
  • Carlos Quentin – 3-for-5 with a double and a home run
  • Clayton Richard – 0-for-2
  • Will Venable – 0-for-3

Clayton Richard is off to a rough start to his season. Richard lasted just 1 2/3 innings in his last outing against the Brewers and allowed six runs, all earned, on six hits with two walks and a strikeout. Richard has allowed six and seven earned runs in two of his four starts while issuing more walks (11) than strikeouts (9) this season.

The former South Side southpaw is a better pitcher than his numbers this season indicate. The Cubs will have to be on top of their game tonight to beat him and the Padres.

Clayton Richard has had the Cubs’ number in two career starts. Richard is 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. One of Richard’s two career complete game shutouts has come at the Cubs’ expense. Richard makes his second career start at Wrigley Field tonight (1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP)

Cubs Career Numbers against Clayton Richard

  • Darwin Barney – 1-for-8
  • Welington Castillo – 1-for-7
  • Starlin Castro – 2-for-6 with two walks
  • David DeJesus – 4-for-12
  • Scott Hairston – 3-for-6 with a home run
  • Dioner Navarro – 2-for-4
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-3
  • Anthony Rizzo – 1-for-4 with a walk
  • Jeff Samardzija – 0-for-3
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-13
  • Alfonso Soriano – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk

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  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    Sappelt – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Castillo – C
    Hairston – RF
    Ransom – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Samardzija – P

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Kane Co. – Felix Pena (0-0, 2.60) Game 1
    Michael Heesch (0-1, 3.21) Game 2
    Daytona – Yeiper Castillo (0-0, 5.40)
    Iowa – Nick Struck (0-2, 4,80)

    Tennessee split a doubleheader, losing 3-0 and winning 3-0. In game 1, Eric jokisch suffered his first loss of the season. Jae-Hoon Ha hit a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 7th of game 2 to win that game.

    As reported earlier, Javier Baez was named the Florida State League Player of the Week.

    For those interested, Iowa faces former Cub Randy Wells tonight.

    • Tom U

      Typical Randy Wells effort, 7 runs (4 earned) in 2.2 IP. Iowa now lead 7-5 in the bottom of the 3rd.

      • DWalker

        yeah, but that also means Struck gave up 5 already :(

  • Neil

    Rough start for Samardzija, walk, two wild pitches and down 1-0

  • Neil

    Another excellent play by Castro

  • Neil

    Castro has another issue with a liner

  • Neil

    Hairston with a homer

  • Neil

    Cody Ransom … Back-to-Back Jacks!

  • Denver Mike

    Sparse crowd tonight, I’m watching the Bulls too but the Cubs are on TV #2! Who had Hairston and Ransom going back-to-back tonight?!? Not me.

  • Neil

    Nice pickup by Barney, 2-out RBI double

  • John_CC

    Can they get another inning out of Shark, what’s his pitch count? Gotta be over 90.

  • Tom U

    Maybe Rip needs to complain more about some of the prospects?

    Dan Vogelbach with his second home run of the day as Kane Co. now leads 2-1 in the top of the fourth (game 2 of a 7 inning doubleheader).

  • GaryLeeT

    Villanueva and Wood have pitched many games that they pitched well enough to get the wins. Smaradzija? Not so much. It’s like he just doesn’t quite have that mental toughness to overcome a walk or misplayed ball. A little Z esgue in that regard.

    • Ray Ray

      He needs to learn how to limit his pitch count. He hasn’t gotten deep in games. Hopefully he will learn to not try and strike out every hitter.

      • GaryLeeT

        At 28 years old, the clock is ticking.

  • Neil

    Ransom with a two-out RBI single

  • Neil

    Barney with another 2-out RBI double

  • Denver Mike

    Barney is starting to swing the bat a lot better

  • GaryLeeT

    Without even looking it up, I can safely say, that 3 two out RBIs with RISP is a season high for the Cubs.

    • Denver Mike

      I’m willing to bet three HITS wRISP has to be close to the top

    • Neil

      We’ll go with it, I could not imagine you are wrong.

  • GaryLeeT

    I was really glad to see Camp was on a short leash.

  • Neil

    Excellent play by Ransom

  • GaryLeeT

    Gregg better make his 2013 debut at Wrigley a positive one, because I am pretty sure he still has boos in reserve from his last stint in Chicago.

    • Tony_Hall

      He has plenty in reserve, but so far he has been effective.

  • GaryLeeT

    Even with a 5 to 3 lead, why does stranding a leadoff double in the 8th inning, make me feel like the Cubs don’t deserve to win?

  • Tony_Hall

    Gregg seems to have learned how to throw pitches that move. His problem before was that straighter than straight fastball.

    • GaryLeeT

      That splitter, or whatever it is was he threw to the last 2 hitters, was nasty.

      • DWalker

        Every time I see Gregg come in, I keep thinking of Vaughn coming in with the glasses and Wild Thing playing in Major League. Really, it is the glasses…

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Padres 5-3 on Monday night – Jeff Samardzija: 3R, 4H, 4BB, 8K, 2WP in 5IP (101 pitches, 63 strikes) … Ransom: 2-4, HR, 2RBI, 2R; Barney: 2-3, 2 2B, 2RBI, BB; Hairston: 1-3, HR; Soriano: 2-4, 2B, R

  • paulcatanese

    Respectable victory, pretty easy when they hit the ball.

    I still think the combo of Valbuena and Ransom are getting the job done, doesn’t seem to have a let-down when they alternate. Better than 12 K’s that some else has had at Iowa including 4 errors.

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