Cubs 1, Padres 0 (10 innings)

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 18, 2011

Hero: Carlos Zambrano remained undefeated since his meltdown at Comiskey Park on June 25 with eight innings of three-hit ball. Zambrano struck out 10 - the first time he achieved double-digits in strikeouts since his no-hitter on Sept. 14, 2008 - and walked just one.

For whatever it's worth, it was the Cubs' first "quality start" since Randy Wells turned one in against Arizona on April 4. The "quality start" statistic is as nonsensical as the "game-winning RBI." A pitcher who lasts just six innings and allows three runs is credited with a "quality start." The benchmark for what is deemed "quality" should be a bit higher.

Goat: Marlon Byrd went 0-for-4 and has just one hit in his last 23 at-bats.

Key Play: It seemed like no one would ever store on a bone-chilling, damp night, but with one out in the bottom of the 10th and Geovany Soto on first, pinch hitter Tyler Colvin ripped a liner into the right-field corner on a 1-and-1 pitch from reliever Chad Qualls (0-1). Soto came all the way around to score the game's only run as San Diego right fielder Chris Denorfia, after doing a nice job of keeping the ball in front of him, missed the cutoff man.

Great analysis from new Cubs radio broadcaster Keith Moreland who noted, "There are times in a baseball game to gamble, and that was great time for (third-base coach) Ivan DeJesus to take a chance."

Comments: Colvin was just 3-for-24 on the Cubs' just-completed nine-game road trip. ... The Cubs are one of four NL Central teams that has an 8-8 record. They trail first-place Cincinnati (9-7) by one game. ... The gametime temeperature was announced at 34 degrees with a stiff 12-mph northeast whipping in off the lake. It was an ideal game to watch from the living room couch.

Next: James Russell (1-1, 7.20 ERA) will try to rebound from an awful outing in his first major league start when he opposes San Diego right-hander Dustin Moseley (0-3, 1.83 ERA) on Tuesday (CSN+, 7:05 p.m.).

Russell lasted just 1 2/3 innings at Houston on April 12 and allowed five runs - four earned - on seven hits.

The Padres haven't scored a run during any of Moseley's three starts - a span of 19 2/3 innings.

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