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Sunday, August 25th
(All times Eastern)
Chicago Cubs (55-74) at San Diego Padres (58-71), 4:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Chris Rusin (2-3, 3.08)
San Diego - Andrew Cashner (8-8, 3.74)
(Sports Network) - Andrew Cashner looks to secure a series victory over a
former club on Sunday afternoon as his San Diego Padres wrap a three-game set
against the Chicago Cubs.
Cashner was the 19th overall pick of the 2008 draft by the Cubs and went 2-6
with a 4.29 earned run average over two seasons with the club, making 59
relief appearances and one start. He was traded to the Padres on Jan. 6 of
He made five starts in 33 appearances with San Diego in 2012, but 21 of his 26
outings this season have been starts. He is 8-8 with a 3.74 ERA and has not
allowed more than three earned runs in seven straight outings.
However, the righty has lost three games in a row as the Padres have been held
to just five runs in that span. Cashner hurled seven innings on Monday versus
Pittsburgh and allowed three runs in a 3-1 decision. Two of those runs were
"He threw the ball well tonight," said San Diego manager Bud Black about
Cashner. "He had a bunch of ground balls tonight and only gave up five hits.
He had some really easy innings tonight and I thought he was on top of his
The 26-year-old faced the Cubs for the first time as a starter on May 1 and
took a loss, allowing four earned runs on six hits and four walks over four
Chicago counters with left-hander Chris Rusin, who is 2-3 with a 3.08 ERA
through seven starts this season.
Rusin has given up three runs or fewer six times this season, but has suffered
back-to-back losses despite allowing just four runs over that time. In a 4-2
loss to Washington on Tuesday, Rusin yielded a pair of runs and a season-high
10 hits over 5 2/3 frames.
The 26-year-old has never before faced the Padres and is 2-0 this year in four
road starts with a 2.11 ERA.
After failing to hold a 6-0 first-inning lead in Friday's opener, the Cubs
held off the Padres on Saturday night to claim a 3-2 win.
Darwin Barney had three hits, including a solo homer and an RBI double, while
Anthony Rizzo, sent from the Padres to the Cubs in the Cashner deal, also
drove in a run.
Jeff Samardzija was big in his second straight lengthy outing. Coming off his
second complete game of the year, Samardzija logged eight innings and gave up
only one run in his last frame of work despite loading the bases with nobody
"Like I said last outing, getting strike one for him is huge," said Chicago
manager Dale Sveum after his club snapped a four-game slide. "When he gets
that, those are usually all his good games."
Samardzija gave up a sac fly to Yonder Alonso for the first out of the eighth
and then got Jedd Gyorko to fly out. Following an intentional walk to Chase
Headley because of a passed ball that moved runners up to second and third,
Samardzija finished off his outing with his seventh strikeout of the contest,
getting Logan Forsythe swinging.
"We were in position but we just couldn't get that one hit to give us the
lead," said Black.
Will Venable had three hits and drove in a run, while Eric Stults allowed
three runs over 6 1/3 innings as San Diego fell to 4-5 on a 10-game homestand.
Chicago split a four-game set with the Padres earlier in the year.
08/25 10:32:41 ET