Game Preview: Game 113 vs. Chicago Cubs

Current Series

Padres lead the series 2-0

Mon 08/06 WP: Eric Stults (2 - 2)
SV: Huston Street
LP: Travis Wood (4 - 8)
2 - 0 win
Tue 08/07 WP: Ross Ohlendorf (4 - 2)
SV: Huston Street
LP: Brooks Raley (0 - 1)
7 - 4 win

Chicago Cubs
@ San Diego Padres

Wednesday, Aug 8, 2012, 3:35 PM PDT
Petco Park

Jeff Samardzija vs Clayton Richard

Sunny. Winds blowing from left to right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Another win yesterday has our Padres seeking the series sweep as they take on the Cubs in today's afternoon game at Petco Park.

The Cubs, who have now lost seven straight, will send Jeff Samardzija to the mound to try to end their losing streak and salvage a win in the series. Samardzija has a 2-0 career record in two appearances against San Diego, one of which came in a relief outing and the other which came from his start against us on May 29th. He allowed three runs over seven innings while striking out eight Padres batters. He struggled his last time out, giving up five runs on eight hits in his 5 1/3 innings on the mound. But prior to that he had put up a very solid July, boasting a 2-1 record in five starts and giving up just seven earned runs in the month. He'll try to return to that form today as he takes on a Padres team that is riding a three-game win streak while looking for their 10th win in 12 home games and their first sweep at home this season.

Clayton Richard will try to lead us to that victory in his 24th start of the season. This will be just his second career start against the Cubs. His only other start against them was back in 2010, when he pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed just one run. Richard is coming off a great win against the Mets. He gave up eight hits, but only allowed one run to come home in his seven innings of work. That effort marked his 13th quality start and eighth win of the season.

We won't be seeing Carlos Quentin in the starting lineup today, which is a pity considering he's hit .500, including four home runs and 18 RBI, against the Cubs this season, and previously went 3-for-3 with a double and a home run against Samardzija in May. Hopefully the rest of our lineup can pick up the slack in his absence. On the Cubs side, Alfonso Soriano returns to the lineup after sitting out yesterday with a hurt right hand that was injured during Monday night's game.

After taking the series from the Mets, completing the sweep tonight would give us a lot of momentum going into the next road trip. Hopefully Richard can put together another quality outing and our boys can continue to produce some run support for him.

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