The Cubs bent over for the proverbial soap tonight as the Padres broke out for 17 hits and 13 runs as they defeated the Cubs tonight at Wrigley Field. Starting pitcher Edwin Jackson was truly awful as Padre batter after Padre batter just smacked his pitches all over the field. Jedd Gyorko got the Padres on the board in the second with a double that scored two. The annoying Carlos Quentin would add one in the third. And the Padres would end it pretty much for good in the 5th Headly doubled, Quentin doubled, Yader Alonso homered. Kotsay walked Nick Hundley singled and when Pitcher Edison Volquez knocked in Kotsay, Jackson's night was done and basically so were the Cubs. The Cubs would get Home runs from Valbuena, and Castro, and later Dejesus, but it never felt like a rally. Especially with the Padres continuing to pile on runs, including a Home run by Nick Hundly that was going to single handedly level the BudWeiser building before it ran into a pole. Anyway, let's get this over and turn our heads and cough.
THE WORST IS NOT SO LONG AS WE CAN SAY, THIS IS THE WORST.
Edwin Jackson was a deep deep deep shade of awful tonight. Four and two third innings, 11 hits, eight runs all earned. He struck out six if that does anything for ya....yeah, me neither. Again the problem seems to be command. When he doesn't have it he gets wild and in order to get strikes he has to take something off. And by "something" I basically mean everything. Everyone was squaring him up. Dale tried to muscle him through the fifth with the bottom half of the order, but even they went Juggernaut on him. Just bad. Kameron Loe ran in circles for awhile. Then Hector Rondon came on and got some dirt kicked in his face too.
I WAS BORN TO RUN. I WAS BORN TO DREAM
Anthony Rizzo continues his rise up the batting average scale as he was a hitting machine. # for four tonight with two doubles and an RBI. Rizzo is hitting lefties as well as righties lately. The key now is to not be streaky and be more consistent. The way this kid works, I see that becoming a reality.
THE POWER STATION
The Cubs hit three more home runs tonight. That gives them 27 for April. Pretty impressive when you consider their cleanup hitter only has one and the first two weeks were played in Ice Age conditions. It's the third most home runs in April by a Cubs team. It's not like you're going to turn them down. But some consistent hitting to go with the newfound power would really be a plus.
This one was over early. And I'd like to point to the Cubs still battling and getting 7 runs even though they were down 8-0 as a positive and an acknowledgement of a team that doesn't quit. And there's some truth to that. But when you pitch poorly and don't hit when it counts you're gonna get smacked. And that's just what the Cubs done did. Get smacked. Well, every team is due one of these so hopefully it's just one of those games. Andrew Cashner returns to Wrigley Field against Scott FELDMAN!!!!!!!!! What's the world got in store for us? Well Jeff Tweedy might know, but for the rest of us, we'll have to tune in. Until then.