Josh Vitters gets his first start tonight, and Brett Jackson slides into the leadoff spot against a lefty at beautiful Petco Park.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (43-63) at San Diego Padres (46-64), 9:05pm CT on CSN.

Game Thread and Series Preview

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The Series Preview for this series lives here.

Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4-7, 4.90 ERA, 1.82 K/BB)


Eric Stults (1-2, 3.19 ERA, 1.33 K/BB)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Chris Denorfia, RF

2. Logan Forsythe, 2B

3. Chase Headley, 3B

4. Carlos Quentin, LF

5. Yonder Alonso, 1B

6. Cameron Maybin, CF

7. Everth Cabrera, SS

8. Eddy Rodriguez, C

9. Eric Stults, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Brett Jackson, CF

2. Darwin Barney, 2B

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Alfonso Soriano, LF

5. Starlin Castro, SS

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Josh Vitters(!), 3B

8. Joe Mather, RF

9. Travis Wood, P

  • Danny Ballgame

    Yowzers B-Jax

  • anotherjp

    Well, Amaya struck out 5 times for Boise yesterday and is 3 for 4 today with home run. Perhaps today isn’t the Cubs day, Rizzo also an ofer.

    • Flashfire

      Rizzo is actually in a mini-slump at the moment.

    • fortyonenorth

      But Rizzo’s hitting the ball for the most part – it’s just not falling. Len & Bob talked a lot about how ball’s don’t carry during the evening games in SD. You could see it on that Rizzo drive to center. That’s a home run on most days in most ballparks.

  • Brian in San Diego

    I am watching B. Jackson going from .500 to .250 at no time. Come on cubs!

  • Diesel

    Please theo find us a couple of bats this offseason. I would be very happy with that.

  • Mick6x

    Could Huston Streets pants get any tighter??

  • Doctor_Blair

    Honestly, I get the urge to try out veganism when I watch games at this park.

  • Josh


    Jackson/Rizzo/Castro/Vitters went a combined 0/15

  • Stu

    See the ball, hit the ball. Got it?

  • donnie kessinger

    I must say I was disappointed in the performance of the new guys at the plate… but they are here to learn and to get a taste of the bigs. I support our direction and hope the rest of the year will provide valuable experience for them.

  • RY34

    Offense is nothing but total shit right now.