Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 04/30/13

Game Twenty-Six: Cubs (10-15) vs. Padres (9-16)

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

Edwin Jackson (0-3, 4.76/1.41) vs. Edinson Volquez (1-3, 6.39/1.74)

The Cubs wrap up the first month of the season with their second game against the Padres. After dropping four in a row, the Cubs have won five the last seven and will look to close the month the way it began, with a win.

For all of the Cubs issues over the first month, one thing is certain they have been in every game this season. For the first time in franchise history, the first 25 games of the season have been decided by four runs or less … and 22 of the 25 games have been decided by three runs or less. The Cubs are 9-13 in those games after Monday night’s win.

With Jeff Samardzija completing only five innings on Monday, tonight would be a good time for Edwin Jackson to complete at least seven innings for the first time this season. Dale Sveum used James Russell and Kevin Gregg for multiple innings on Monday and with Scott Feldman going on Wednesday, the pen could use a break.

Edwin Jackson is coming off a no decision against the Marlins, but technically a quality start. Jackson allowed three runs on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts in six innings. While it was technically a quality start, his second in a row, Jackson labored and is in need of a good outing tonight.

The Cubs signed Jackson to keep his team in games and eat innings. For the most part, Jackson has kept the Cubs in each game he has started but has yet to complete seven innings in any of his five starts. The Cubs are 1-4 in games started by Edwin Jackson this season.

For as much as Jackson has struggled this season, his two starts at Wrigley have been even more challenging. Jackson is 0-1 with a 7.15 ERA and a 1.94 WHIP. In 11 1/3 innings over two starts, Jackson has allowed 10 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits with nine walks and 15 strikeouts … but not a single home run.

Edwin Jackson makes his seventh career start against the Padres tonight. Jackson has never beaten the Friars and is 0-3 in eight games, three starts, with a 4.32 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP. Jackson faced San Diego one time a year ago and received a no decision after pitching 6 2/3 innings of shutout ball (no runs, six hits, three walks and six strikeouts).

Padres Career Numbers against Edwin Jackson

  • Yonder Alonso – 3-for-6 with two doubles
  • Alexi Amarista – 0-for-2
  • Kyle Blanks – 1-for-4
  • Everth Cabrera – 2-for-7 with a double, a triple and a walk
  • Chris Denorfia – 4-for-6 with a home run and a walk
  • Chase Headley – 2-for-11
  • Nick Hundley – 2-for-6 with a walk
  • Mark Kotsay – 2-for-9 with a double and three walks
  • Carlos Quentin – 5-for-14 with two doubles, a home run and two walks
  • Will Venable – 1-for-9 with a home run
  • Edinson Volquez – 0-for-2

Edinson Volquez is coming off his best start of the season. Volquez pitched seven innings of shutout ball against the Brewers while allowing only five hits and striking out three. For one of the few times since coming back from his PED suspension, Volquez did not walk a single batter.

The key with Edinson Volquez is patience, especially early in the game. If the Cubs allow him to work, Volquez will issue free pass after free pass. Volquez is not the same pitcher he once was with the Reds. Volquez has walked ten batters in 25 1/3 innings while striking out only 15 batters.

The Cubs will get their first look at Edinson Volquez in a Padres’ uniform. Dale Sveum’s team did not face him a year ago. While he was with the Reds, Volquez owned the Cubs. Volquez is 4-0 in six career starts against the Cubs with a 2.21 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP … at Wrigley Field, 2-0 in three starts with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.68 WHIP.

Cubs Career Numbers against Edinson Volquez

  • Darwin Barney – 4-for-9
  • Welington Castillo – 0-for-2
  • Starlin Castro – 3-for-12 with a double
  • Scott Hairston – 0-for-4 with two walks
  • Edwin Jackson – 0-for-1
  • Cody Ransom – 0-for-2 with a walk
  • Nate Schierholtz – 2-for-4 with a double and two walks
  • Alfonso Soriano – 1-for-7 with a double and a walk

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  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    The Iowa Cubs activated Josh Vitters from the 7-day DL on Tuesday. Vitters had been out since April 9 with muscle spasms in his back. RHP Barret Loux (ankle) and Darnell McDonald (thumb) were placed on the 7-day DL

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Former Cubs pitcher Randy Wells announced his retirement from baseball this afternoon.

    • matthew8510

      tell him to bring edwin jackson with him

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Castro – SS
    Rizzo – 1B
    Soriano – LF
    Schierholtz – RF
    Castillo – C
    Valbuena – 3B
    Barney – 2B
    Jackson – P

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Kane Co. – Lendy Castillo (0-1, 6.60)
    Daytona – Zach Cates (2-2,4.32)

    Tennessee has the night off

    The Iowa Cubs neat Round Rock 7-2 this afternoon. Guillermo Moscoso, a waiver claim in March, struck out 6 and allowed an earned run in five innings. Brent Lillibridge and Brad Nelson homered for the I-Cubs.

    Kane Co. got to see what their main problem for the season was last night. Lake County, who was dead last in every category before last night swept the Cougars in a doubleheader. Kane County had the ability to win both games, but pitching, especially the bullpen, let them down.

    Don’ forget tonight’s Tuesday’s with Tom U chat on Facebook tinyurl.com/a3f4x7c

    • Tom U

      Tom U will be at Kane Co. for the series with Dayton on May 4, 5, and 6. Make plans to take in a game, and stop by the booth and say hello.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good first inning for Mr. Jackson

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    And not so good in the second inning

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Simply not making Volquez work. The only batter that did lined a double to left, Rizzo on a 3-1 pitch. Cannot make it easy on this guy and they are.

    • GaryLeeT

      In the Cubs defense. Volquez has thrown a first pitch strike to 7 of the 10 batters he has faced so far.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        I’ll give you that, and one of those was Rizzo but he did not expand after he fell behind.

  • calicub

    grrrr.. why in california is the stl cincy game on MLB instead of sd and chicago.

    Bull honkey

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rizzo with another double …

  • Tom U

    UPDATE: Zach Cates with a no-hitter through 6 innings Daytona Cubs lead 6-0

    • Tom U

      Cates reached his pitch limit and is out. 6 IP 7 K’s. David Cales now on to preserve the no-no

      • Tom U

        Cales holds Palm Beach scoreless in the 7th, but gives up 2 hits.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Soriano in the double-switch

  • GaryLeeT

    Good thing the Hawks are providing a distraction from tonight’s game. I feel embarrassed by how hard I lobbied for the Jackson signing 2 years ago

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Valbuena goes deep … #5 of the month

  • DWalker

    “cubs continue to get good production out of 3rd base”. NOT something I expected to hear this year. Jackson is going to be theo’s signature signing for a while I am afraid….

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Castro with #3 of the year

  • GaryLeeT

    Now that the Cubs are somewhat back in this one, I have to ask why Sveum went so long with Jakson?

    • DWalker

      because they had to use the bullpen so much last night, they REALLY wanted to have jackson eat innings tonight. Having to use the bullpen to get out of the 5th is really going to strain the pen. hope they don’t need it much tomorrow.

      • GaryLeeT

        Loe, Marmol, Rondon, and Camp (to some extent) were still fresh.

        • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

          They are trying to stay away from using Rondon on back-to-back games/days for now.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Should have stuck with that scenario…

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            Agreed …

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Gary, I mentioned in the preview.

      As DWalker said, they needed Jackson to eat some innings tonight, especially with Feldman going tomorrow.

  • willie smith

    so now that vitters is off the DL and stewart is still in the minors and could be for a while; who is going to play where Tom U?………will one DH like Vitters……but is that fair……..seems to me this is going to create a problem. (is JR Lake still out too………so where would he go if stewart is still at AAA???)

    • DWalker

      stewart with back spasms to put him back on the DL for another month?

    • Tom U

      First of all, the word on the street is that the Cubs are going to use the option that is left on Ian Stewart, so he’ll probably stay on the 40 man roster the rest of the season.

      Stewart will probably remain at third for now, as they will most likely ease Vitters back through the DH, like they have been doing with Brett Jackson. It is difficult to say what will happen when Vitters is ready to play defense full-time, as he has experience at first base and the outfield. Stewart has only a smattering of experience at second base and the outfield.

      From all reports, Lake has not resumed baseball activities. When he comes back from his broken rib, he will probably see most of his time in the outfield.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Rondon pitching more than one inning for the first time … and it shows.

  • gary3411

    it would be really nice if that Anibal Sanchez deal went through.

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Very good night for Rizzo

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Cubs lost 13-7 to Padres on Tuesday night – Edwin Jackson: 8R, 11H (1HR), 2BB, 6K in 4.2IP (88 pitches, 54 strikes) … Castro: 2-5, HR, 2RBI, 2R; Valbuena: 1-4, HR, 2RBI; DeJesus: 1-5, HR; Rizzo: 3-4, 3 2B, RBI, BB; Ransom: 1-1, HR; Cubs pitching: 13R, 17H (3 HR), 3BB, HBP, 8K