Padres 1, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Hero: Randy Wells (5-11) allowed just one run in the first inning and turned in seven innings of three-hit ball. The right-hander struck out six and walked three.

Goat: With runners at the corners and one out against San Diego reliever Mike Adams in the bottom of the eighth, Marlon Byrd (0-for-3) rolled into an inning ending 6-4-3 double play.

Key Plays: Xavier Nady led off the bottom of the fourth against Padres starter Jon Garland (12-8) rwith a double and advanced to third on Alfonso Soriano's groundout to first (yes, Soriano hit to the right side to advance a runner!). But Nady remained at third when San Diego left fielder Will Venable made a diving catch on Blake DeWitt's blooper. Koyie Hill was then called out on strikes to retire the side.

Comment: It was the first 1-0 defeat for the Cubs (50-70) since June 16, 2007 - also against the Padres - when Carlos Zambrano took the loss despite pitching a complete-game two-hitter. A one-out homer in the ninth by Russell Branyan accounted for the game's only run. Also in that game, Derrek Lee and San Diego pitcher Chris Young exchanged punches after Lee was hit by a pitch.

Next: Casey Coleman (0-0, 8.64 ERA) will make his first big league start Wednesday (CSN, 1:20 p.m.) after four appearances out of the bullpen while former White Sox left-hander Clayton Richard (10-5, 3.80) goes for the first-place Padres (71-47). Richard has won six of his last seven decisions.

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