Talkin’ Cubs Live – Cubs vs. Padres – 05/01/13

Game Twenty-Seven: Cubs (10-16) vs. Padres (10-16)

  • Game Time – 7:05pm CDT
  • Coverage – TV: Comcast SportsNet – Radio: 720 WGN, XM Radio Channels 184/844
  • Location – Wrigley Field, Chicago

Scott Feldman (1-3, 3.92/1.65) vs. Andrew Cashner (1-1, 3.26/1.14)

The Cubs will shoot to get back in the win column tonight in a game that has already been labeled as “Anthony Rizzo vs. Andrew Cashner.” The Cubs have shown improvement over the last week but the offense will face another challenge tonight while Scott Feldman tries to build on his last start and keep the ball in the park. The forecast calls for another hitter’s night at Wrigley. After Tuesday night, the Cubs need a long, quality start from Scott Feldman tonight.

The last time Andrew Cashner started a game at Wrigley Field was April 5, 2011. Cashner was electric in his first start of the season and in his first start in a Cubs’ uniform. Cashner left the game in the sixth and did not appear in another big league game until September 9.

The previous regime selected Cashner in the first round of the 2008 draft (19th overall pick). The Cubs traded Cashner to San Diego along with Kyung-Min Na for Anthony Rizzo and RHP Zach Cates  on January 6, 2012.

Anthony Rizzo and Andrew Cashner have faced each other one time … and Cashner struck out Rizzo swinging to end the seventh inning of the game back on September 28, 2011.

With the four home runs hit on Tuesday, the Cubs finished April with 35 longballs, third most in franchise history and nearly four times the home runs they hit last April (9). While they have hit the ball of the park, the Cubs are still struggling defensively. The Cubs were charged with two more errors on Tuesday and their 21 charges errors in second in baseball behind the Washington Nationals (23).

Tonight all starts with Scott Feldman … and making Andrew Cashner work.

Scott Feldman is coming off his first win in a Cubs’ uniform. Feldman held the Marlins to two runs on seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Darwin Barney helped him from self- destructing and Feldman pitched into the seventh inning for the first time this season. Feldman had very good command and mixed his pitches well against the offensively challenged Marlins.

While the Padres are not exactly the ’27 Yankees, Feldman will have to step his game back up tonight in order to put himself in line for a victory.

Scott Feldman is making just his second start at Wrigley tonight (0-1 with a 4.15 ERA and a 2.31 WHIP) in his third career appearance against the Friars. Feldman is 1-1 in two games, one start, against the Padres with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Feldman faced San Diego last June at PETCO. Feldman picked up a win after allowing two runs on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts in six innings.

Padres Career Numbers against Scott Feldman

  • Yonder Alonso – 1-for-3
  • Alexi Amarista – 1-for-2
  • Everth Cabrera – 1-for-3
  • Chase Headley – 2-for-3
  • Nick Hundley – 1-for-3
  • Mark Kotsay – 2-for-5 with a double and a walk
  • Carlos Quentin – 3-for-14 with a double, a home run and a walk
  • Will Venable – 0-for-3

Andrew Cashner is coming off an excellent start against the Giants that resulted in his first victory of the season. Cashner allowed just one run on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts over six innings, the second longest outing of his big league career.

Cashner has electric, top of the rotation stuff. The only question about Cashner is his durability. If Cashner can stay healthy and on the mound, the Padres have a very good arm to build their rotation around.

Andrew Cashner faced the Cubs twice last season, both times out of the pen, and allowed two runs on four hits with a walk and a strikeout in two innings (9.00 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP).

Darwin Barney (0-for-1), Starlin Castro (1-for-1), David DeJesus (walk), Scott Hairston (0-for-1), Cody Ransom (0-for-2), Anthony Rizzo (0-for-1), Nate Schierholtz (0-for-1) and Alfonso Soriano (0-for-1) have limited at bats against Andrew Cashner in their careers.

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  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Cashner vs. Rizzo II. Could be interesting.

  • Neil

    Tonight’s lineup:

    DeJesus – CF
    Borbon – LF
    Valbuena – 3B
    Rizzo – 1B
    Castro – SS
    Schierholtz – RF
    Navarro – C
    Barney – 2B
    Feldman – P

  • Neil

    It is just a day off for Soriano … expected back in the lineup on Thursday

  • Tom U

    Tonight’s minor league starters:

    Kane Co. – Pierce Johnson (1-1, 3.50)
    Iowa – Chris Rusin (1-2, 5.08)

    This afternoon Daytona made it a four game sweep and they defeated Palm Beach (Cardinals) 3-1. Ben Cahart continued to be on fire, as he raised his season batting average to .312 by going 2-3 with 2 doubles and two RBI. Ben Wells went 7 innings and allowed an earned run while striking out three.

    Tennessee lost 3-0 to Mississippi in a five inning rain-shortened game. Matt Garza went 2.2IP, giving up an earned run. Rubi Silva and Rafael Lopez had the only hits for the Smokies.

    • Tom U

      Rock Shoulders was name the Midwest League Player of the Week

    • Tom U

      Josh Vitters starting in left field for Iowa

  • Neil

    Castro with a nice two-out RBI single

  • Neil

    Quick 1-2-3 second for Feldman, three outs on five pitches

  • Neil

    Feldman with a double off Cashner

  • Neil

    Cashner just started throwing heat

    • calicub

      whats he hitting? the gamecast i’m watching isn’t giving me mph

      • Neil

        Upper 90s, 96-97. He’s all over the place

        • calicub

          Wow Thanks Neil.

          • Neil

            Cashner’s out after four innings, 96 pitches, 58 strikes.

  • Neil

    Navarro with a two-run double

  • Neil

    Feldman with six straight strikeouts

    • Tony_Hall

      Just getting in, that is hard to believe Feldman would get 6 k’s, let alone in a row.

      • Neil

        He’s been very, very good so far.

  • Tom U

    Pierce Johnson pitching a gem for Kane County. In 6IP has allowed only 1 hit and has 4K as the Cougars lead 4-0 B6

    • gary3411

      There we gooo! Neeeed pitching.

  • Neil

    Borbon showing off his wheels on Cashner’s wild pick off attempt. Went first to third.

    Speaking of speed, the Cubs have a new stolen base leader. Anthony Rizzo stole his fourth base of the year tonight.

  • Tony_Hall

    It doesn’t look like Feldman is pitching across his body like was doing earlier in the season. His hands and arms were so far from his body his 1st so many starts and now they look a lot tighter to his body. Much sharper pitches than the BP he was throwing before.

  • Tony_Hall

    I also must say, watching a pitcher on the Cubs, not only make a good throw to 1st on a ball back at them, but to jump over the bat, cleanly field the ball and not throw it into RF is nice to see.

  • EqDoc

    No way Soriano makes that catch. Maybe he should sit a little more often.

  • Tony_Hall

    That is one of the few plays at first, where the batter should slide into 1st. If Boubon dives to the right side of first and touches 1st with hist left hand (like sliding into home wide), he would of have been safe.

  • Rational Logic

    If you told me this winter that at one point during the season there will be a game where Scott Feldman has 11+ K’s, Luis Valbuena is hitting 3rd, AND the Cubs are winning I would have punched you in the face. I don’t like being lied to. But alas!

  • Tony_Hall

    Nice outing by Feldman – CG 3 Hits (2 HR’s) but 12 k’s and only 1 walk. Also and RBI and a Double.

  • Neil

    Cubs beat the Padres 6-2 on Wednesday night – Scott Feldman: 2R, 3H, 1BB, 12K in 9 IP (114 pitches, 80 strikes); 1-3, 2B, RBI

    Scott Feldman set a career-high with 12 strikeouts in the first complete game of his career (106 starts)

    Castro: 2-4, RBI, 2R; Borbon: 1-4, BB, 2R; Navarro: 1-4, 2B, 2RBI; Schierholtz: 1-3, 2B, RBI; Rizzo: 1-4, R, SB