Feldman’s Complete Gem – Cubs 6, Padres 2

Game Twenty-Seven – Cubs 6, Padres 2

WP – Scott Feldman (2-3) LP – Andrew Cashner (1-2) Save – None

wflag-pubWednesday night belonged to Scott Feldman. Not only did Feldman toss the first complete game of his career but he also doubled in the Cubs second run off Andrew Cashner. Feldman struck out a career-high 12 batters on Wednesday night and thoroughly dominated the San Diego Padres.

Scott Feldman took a one-hit shutout into the eighth. Feldman struck out the side in both the third and fourth innings and retired 18 in a row before an error by Luis Valbuena in the seventh allowed Carlos Quentin to reach. Feldman walked one batter and made only two mistakes on the night. Jedd Gyorko took Feldman deep in the eighth to break up the shutout and Chase Headley added a solo homer with one out in the ninth.

Feldman was in complete control, had excellent command all night and appeared to pitch with a confidence he had not displayed prior to Wednesday night. Feldman threw 114 pitches, 80 for strikes … only 34 pitches out of the strike zone.

Scott Feldman notched the Cubs’ first complete game of the season, the first for a Cubs’ starter since Jeff Samardzija in his last start of 2012.

The Cubs offense knocked Andrew Cashner out of the game after just four innings. The Cubs made Cashner work and it paid off. The Cubs scored at least one run in each of Cashner’s four innings while working four walks and running up his pitch count. Cashner threw 96 pitches in four innings, 58 strikes, and struck out only one batter.

Starlin Castro (2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored) singled in Julio Borbon (1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored) with the first run of the game. Castro hit in the fifth spot in the Cubs’ lineup for the first time this season. Dioner Navarro (1-for-4 with a double and two RBI) doubled in two runs in the third and gave Feldman some breathing room with his first two-bagger of the season. Nate Schierholtz (1-for-3 with a double, a RBI and a walk) doubled in Castro with the Cubs’ sixth run in the seventh inning.

Darwin Barney (0-for-1 with a run scored, HBP and two walks) reached base three times. The Cubs scored six runs on nine hits, four walks and a HBP and went 4-for-14 with RISP while leaving nine runners on base.

The Cubs started the second month of the season on a positive note and improved to 11-16 with Wednesday’s victory.

Scott Feldman struggled with his command in the first inning. While he gave up only one hit, Feldman had trouble putting hitters away. Three of the first four batters worked full counts. Feldman retired Quentin on a grounder to second to end the inning. Feldman threw 22 pitches, 13 for strikes, in the opening frame.

Julio Borbon reached on a one out single in the first. Luis Valbuena walked. Anthony Rizzo then hit a slow roller toward second. Jedd Gyorko did not charge the ball and that gave Rizzo a chance at beating out Cabrera’s throw to first base. With runners on first and third and two down, Starlin Castro singled to center (0-1 pitch). Borbon scored, 1-0 Cubs. Nate Schierholtz walked to load the bases. Andrew Cashner uncorked a wild pitch on the first offering to Navarro. John Baker did an excellent job of getting to the ball and throwing toward the plate. Cashner tagged Rizzo to end the inning.

Scott Feldman retired the Padres in order in the second on five pitches, four for strikes,

Darwin Barney worked a one out walk in the second and swiped second base on a 1-1 pitch to Scott Feldman. With Barney at second, Feldman pulled a 2-2 pitch into right field. Barney scored on Feldman’s first double since June 18, 2010 … Feldman’s first hit and RBI as a Cub. David DeJesus singled to center on Cashner’s first pitch. Feldman held at third with one out. After a meeting on the mound with Bud Black, Andrew Cashner cranked it up and started throwing heat. Cashner retired Borbon on a pop out to third and Valbuena on a pop out to right to end the inning.

Feldman struck out the side in order in the third … just 37 pitches for Feldman after three innings, 26 for strikes.

Anthony Rizzo led off the third with a single to center. Rizzo stole second without a throw on a 0-2 pitch to Castro. Rizzo took off for second when Cashner was in the set position. Castro then hit a roller back up the middle. Everth Cabrera fielded the ball going to his left. For some reason he tried to throw out Rizzo at third. Rizzo was safe and Cabrera’s decision changed the course of the game.

Nate Schierholtz struck out swinging for the first out. With runners on first and third and one down, Cashner uncorked another wild pitch. Rizzo took off for the plate but threw on the brakes 30 feet down the line when the ball bounced right back to Baker. Castro advanced to second on the play. Dioner Navarro pulled Cashner’s 2-2 pitch off the vines in right center. Rizzo and Castro scored on Navarro’s first double of the season. Cashner hit Barney on the first pitch.

With runners on first and second with one down, Feldman bunted Navarro and Barney to second and third. DeJesus grounded out to short to end the inning.

At the end of three, the Cubs led 4-0.

Scott Feldman struck out the side in order in the fourth … second straight inning that Feldman struck out the side.

The Cubs scored their fifth run in the fourth without a hit. Julio Borbon walked to start the inning. Cashner uncorked a wild pickoff throw to first. The ball got past Alonso and Borbon ended up at third. With the infield in, Luis Valbuena grounded a 2-1 pitch to short. Cabrera fielded the ball but Borbon scored, 5-0 Cubs. Rizzo and Castro grounded out to end the inning … and Andrew Cashner’s outing.

The game remained 5-0 until the seventh. Scott Feldman continued his impressive outing and did not allow another hit in the middle innings.

Starlin Castro reached on a one-out single to center off Anthony Bass. Nate Schierholtz then drove a 1-1 pitch into left center. Castro scored from first, 6-0 Cubs. Navarro flied out to the track in right. Schierholtz tagged and advanced to third. Bass intentionally walked Barney. With runners on first and third with two down, Feldman flied out to deep right to end the inning.

Jedd Gyorko broke up the shutout with the first homer of his big league career in the eighth, just the second hit off Feldman on the night. Feldman issued a one-out walk to Baker in the eighth before retiring Blanks and Cabrera to end the inning.

Chase Headley hit his third homer of the season, a solo shot to right with one down in the ninth. Feldman retired Quentin and struck out Yonder Alonso to end the game … the 12th strikeout of the night, a new career high for Scott Feldman.

The Cubs and Padres wrap up the four-game series on Thursday afternoon … Travis Wood versus Eric Stults.

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  • calicub

    Tonight must have been so satisfying for Feldman after such a long struggle… But what a game from him!

    Who had Feldman as the first CG of the season? Not I, certainly not I.

    It’d be great to see him keep this up so that he Villanueva and Wood can compete for that rotation spot once Garza comes back..

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

      At this point it should be Jackson in the pen. The other 3 have looked good and could be trade pieces…

      • calicub

        unfortunately, I think in this case, the contract will dictate his playing time..

        Its been emphasized on this site how much the FO will be judged by this signing, and I think to a point they are feeling that pressure. Moving him to the pen would only feed the flames of fatlists and detractors everywhere…

        • Dorasaga

          Or rather, it’s his track record: durability, injury history, stuff, among other things.

          I would give his another month to prove he’s ready to perform as his old self.

          • calicub

            Agreed dorasaga

    • 07GreyDigger

      Just goes to show that spring training means nothing!

  • John_CC

    Good for Feldman. I’m happy for him. I wonder what changed and if he can repeat it? Let’s hope so.

    Nice couple days for the offense, too. I really like the addition of Borbon and with him in the lineup I think Castro is a good 5 hole hitter. He could drive in a lot of runs from there. Is Borbon’s natural position CF? So if/when DeJesus is traded, do you all think that Borbon sticks at Center?

    • calicub

      I have to imagine so. At this point it sure as hell shouldn’t be Sappelt

    • paulcatanese

      Agree John, it was a great game for him. The guy that explained the good night for Feldman, came from of all guys “The wild thing” said Feldman was keeping his hand, arm on top of the ball, creating downward movement on the ball. Don’t think that guy should be on MLB but he is and actually made some sense in his evaluation.
      If that were the case I hope he can keep it up.
      Also agree with Castro in the 5 spot, little less pressure and a greater chance to take advantage of his hits to drive in runs.

    • Tony_Hall

      he was on top of the ball and keep his arm closer to his body. His early starts his arm was so far from his body, that he just had nothing on it and was creating a crossing motion with his arm. Even in his last start he still seemed to be doing it and had nothing more than a floating curve ball. Last night he had sharp crisp movement on his pitches. Hopefully he can continue, as this Feldman looked good.

      • paulcatanese

        Bosio?

      • Dorasaga

        I feel that he was doing that earlier to create bigger momentum, a habit as he adjusted role as a closer–one inning effect rather than consistent use of his energy/torque…

  • SuzyS

    I’ve been a Feldman detractor…so it’s nice to eat crow every now and then. We’ll see about the season…but for now…kudos to Feldman…geez, he even bunted successfully!!!!