Before the game started, my friend Shane predicted that his Cubs would win 6-3. I don't know what orifice he pulled those numbers out of, but he couldn't have been more wrong. He was probably feeling pretty good about his prognostication when Chicago took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, but I didn't hear a peep out of him as the Padres scored seven unanswered runs. Not a word about Tommy Medica's third homer of the spring or the quartet of doubles from Seth Smith, Chase Headley, Carlos Quentin, and Nick Hundley. In a weird coincidence, all of those two-baggers were their third. And the base that Everth Cabrera stole? His third.
Eric Stults played a big role in shutting Cubs fans up. He allowed just that run in his five-and-two-thirds innings of work, giving up a triple and four singles while only walking one batter. Tim Stauffer gave up a single and a double in his inning-and-a-third before Dale Thayer and Huston Street pitched perfect innings.
The Padres and Cubs will face off again on Tuesday night, this time with Chicago bringing a split squad to Peoria. I look forward to Shane's prediction about that one and the silence that will follow as the Friars go 1984 all over the Cubs for the second day in a row.
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