Runs have been tough to come by for both teams in this week’s series against the Padres in San Diego. The Padres won 3-0 on Wednesday night after dropping the 1st 2 games of the series to the Cubs by the scores of 1-0 and 5-2.
Randy Wells pitched well in his last start of 2010, but he was denied his 3rd straight win. Wells gave up 3 ER on 6 hits and 4 walks in 7 innings. He struck out 2 batters. Overall, Wells finished with an 8-14 record, with a 1.40 WHIP and 4.26 ERA.
Chris Young and 4 Padres relievers limited the Cubs to just 4 hits and 2 walks on the night. Kosuke Fukudome and Starlin Castro each reached base to start the 1st inning and even stole 2nd and 3rd to set up an excellent no-out scoring chance right off the bat. But Marlon Byrd grounded our to 3rd base and Young was able to strike out Aramis Ramirez and Xavier Nady to thwart the scoring threat. Not good. After that, Koyie Hill had the only extra base hit for the Cubs – a double in the 2nd inning – and Byrd singled in the 3rd. But the Cubs never had 2 runners on base the rest of the way as they were shut out in San Diego.
Despite the loss, Ryan Dempster and several other Cubs players keep praising the work of Mike Quade and hope that the interim manager remains the Cubs manager in 2011.
Tom Gorzelanny makes his final start of 2010 in the finale against the Padres this afternoon.