The Padres look to their winningest pitcher, Adam Eaton, to right the ship Friday night when the right-hander takes his 7-1 record to the PETCO Park mound against the Cubs' Sergio Mitre.
Losing for the second night in a row as the surging Cubs won their seventh straight, the Padres found little life in an offense that had boomed all through May. For the second straight night, a lefty -- this time Glendon Rusch -- kept their bats silent, holding them to four hits. It was Milwaukee southpaw Doug Davis who tied them in knots the night before.
Manager Bruce Bochy gave Brian Giles the night off in right field, and the Padres missed his glove, as well as his offense. His replacement in right field, Miguel Ojeda, was unable to reach a ball in right-center driven by Rusch in the third inning, with the ensuing double paving the way for a two-run inning.
The Cubs' Nos. 3 and 4 hitters, Derrek Lee and Jeromy Burnitz, combined for six hits and three walks, scoring three runs and driving home two. Eaton will try to figure out a way to contain Lee, who is batting .389 and leading the National League in homers (17) and RBIs (50), as well as batting average and runs scored (43).
RHP Sergio Mitre
0-0, 5.84 ERA
1-0, 4.50 ERA vs. SD in 2004
RHP Adam Eaton
7-1, 3.58 ERA
1-0, 0.00 ERA vs. CHI in 2005
Players to watch
Ramon Hernandez is 1-for-3 with a homer against Mitre, and Robert Fick has a single and walk in two at-bats against the right-hander.
"I've always said Bruce is one of the three best managers I've ever gone against. He gets everything he can out of a team. That dude is sharp. It says a lot that he's been here as long as he has. That's no easy feat." -- Cubs manager Dusty Baker on longtime rival Bruce Bochy of the Padres
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Official game notes
SD: Ch. 4, Cablemas
CHI: WGN-AM 720 (Español)
SD: 1090 AM, XEMO 860 AM (Español)
The Padres haven't lost three in a row since April 22-24 in Arizona. The last time they lost two in a row, May 21-22 at Seattle, they bounced back with wins in seven of their next eight games. ... With two hits Thursday night, Geoff Blum has seven straight multihit games, hitting .469 (15-for-32) over that span. ... Phil Nevin has a nine-game hitting streak, going 15-for-36 (.417) with 11 RBIs and four multihit games.
Saturday: Cubs at Padres, 7:05 p.m. PT
Sunday: Cubs at Padres, 1:35 p.m. PT
Tuesday: Indians at Padres, 7:05 p.m. PT
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.