Padres 3, Cubs 0

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Hero: Rookie lefty Scott Maine continued the stellar work of the Cubs' bullpen by setting the Padres down in order in the eighth to lower his ERA in 12 appearances to 2.13. Relievers have posted a 1.38 ERA in 58 2/3 innings of work over the Cubs' last 21 games.

Goats: After having runners on second and third and no out in the first inning, the Cubs failed to score against Chris Young (2-0) when Marlon Byrd grounded out to third baseman Chase Headley, and Aramis Ramirez and Xavier Nady struck out.

Key Plays: San Diego center fielder Will Venable reached over the fence to steal home runs from Alfonso Soriano in the second inning and Ramirez in the third.

Comments: It was a must-win game for the Padres (88-70) who remain two games behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West and 1.5 games in back of wild-card leading Atlanta.

The Cubs (72-86), who fell to 12-14 in shutout games, managed just four hits against Young and four relievers as their eight-game road winning streak was snapped.

Cubs starter Randy Wells (8-14), in his final 2010 appearance, allowed three runs - all earned - on six hits in seven innings while walking four and striking out two.

Next: San Diego will wear its hideous mustard, brown, and orange trimmed 1984 throwback uniforms Thursday (CSN, 5:35 p.m.) in the finale of the four-game series. According to Gaslamp Ball, the Padres offered to outfit the Cubs in their 1984 threads. Kudos to Cubs management for not going along with the tribute to one of the dark moments in franchise history.

Tom Gorzelanny (7-9, 4.28 ERA) will make his final start of the season and try to bounce back from an awful performance on Friday against St. Louis (3 1/3 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 5 BB).

Former Cubs first-round draft pick (1997) Jon Garland (14-12, 3.58), who is just 1-4 in his last six starts, will go for the Padres. The right-hander, who turned 31 on Monday, allowed just four hits over seven shutout innings to earn a victory over the North Siders at Wrigley Field on Aug. 17.

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