CHICAGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are still looking for just one big hit.
Eric Stults fought through injury and unfavorable conditions, and Carlos Quentin homered, but the San Diego Padres lost to the Chicago Cubs 5-3 on Tuesday, extending their losing streak to five games.
San Diego fell to 1-8 on its 10-game road trip.
"We've been in games," manager Bud Black said. "We're just one hit, one pitch away from turning the tables."
The Padres went 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position, including wasting a leadoff triple in the eighth when they were down a run.
one thing that we hopefully improve on as the season goes," Black said.
"I think we've pitched well enough to stay in games, we just haven't
generated offensively the continuous hits to score multiple runs."
(1-1) was effective over 6 1-3 innings, allowing four runs on seven
hits with the wind blowing out at 18-mph at first pitch. The conditions
were similar to Monday's slugfest where the two teams combined for eight
"On a day like today where the wind is blowing out, you
can use the other team's aggressiveness against them," the left-hander
said. "They took some big swings and rolled over some pitches."
Padres training staff worked vigorously over the weekend to reduce the
swelling in Stults' left arm after he was struck by a line drive in his
"I didn't feel it at all," he said. "The only thing I
can feel now, coming out of the game, is it's stiffened up, but that's
to be expected."
Stults has a 2.50 ERA since being claimed off waivers from the White Sox.
Soriano hit a solo homer to center field in the sixth. After going
homerless in his first 30 games this season, Soriano has seven home runs
in his last 13 games.
Jeff Samardzija (5-3) struck out eight —
one strikeout from tying his career high. He departed after Will
Venable's RBI triple with no outs in the eighth. Shawn Camp kept the
lead intact, getting Carlos Quentin on a fly to left to end the inning.
James Russell got the last two outs for his first career save.
Samardzija also singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth on his own bobblehead day.
don't want to pitch bad and go outside and see your bobblehead smashed
all over the place," Samardzija joked. "I wanted to just keep the game
close and hopefully people will go put them in their room instead of the
Quentin homered and had three hits for San Diego. His drive deep into the left-field bleachers on the first pitch of the fifth was his first home run as a Padre.
a short look, no doubt about it, but he's a guy who's hit in the past,"
Padres manager Bud Black said. "We think he's a guy who is going to
continue to be productive for us."
The Cubs won their second straight win after snapping a 12-game losing streak with an 11-7 win over San Diego on Monday. San Diego dropped a game behind Chicago for the worst record in the National League.
singled and scored on John Baker's hit in the seventh, but the Padres
failed to tie the score when Samardzija struck out pinch-hitter Jesus
Guzman with runners on second and third to end the inning.
improved to 3-1 with a 1.96 ERA in five starts at Wrigley, and looped a
3-2 Stults pitch over a drawn-in infield to score Darwin Barney with
the go-ahead run in the fifth.
Samardzija worked around Stults'
leadoff double in the sixth, escaping when Soriano made a sliding grab
in left to rob Chris Denorfia, then easily doubled Stults off second as
he was already halfway between third base and home plate.
doubled into the left-field corner in fifth to score Reed Johnson, tying
the game 1-all. Barney also doubled in the seventh. After being balked
to third by Stults, he scored on John Baker's passed ball.
Padres OF Cameron Maybin missed his third straight game with a sore
right wrist. He remains day-to-day. . Tuesday marked the 50th
anniversary of the day the Cubs made scout Buck O'Neil the first black
coach in big-league history. . Padres manager Bud Black said he was
"caught off-guard" when he heard the report that golfer Phil Mickelson
joined a group hoping to buy the team. "He would make a good best-ball
partner," Black quipped.