petco parkAs good as the win on Thursday way, the loss last night was much worse.

Travis Wood gets the go tonight at Petco Park against the suddenly scorching Padre bats. The Padres counter for the second straight day with a fill-in starter – Tim Stauffer shut the Cubs down yesterday, and today’s it’s 30-year-old journeyman Billy Buckner. Apt name. Buckner has made a few big league starts over the years, but he’s never had a season FIP lower than 4.70.

Emilio Bonifacio and Mike Olt get the night off.

Game Info

Chicago Cubs (17-29) at San Diego Padres (22-27), 9:10 CT on WGN.

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Starting Pitchers

Travis Wood (4.61 ERA, 3.59 FIP, 4.05 xFIP; 2.83 K/BB)


Billy Buckner (Season Debut)

San Diego Padres Lineup

1. Everth Cabrera, SS

2. Cameron Maybin, CF

3. Chris Denorfia, RF

4. Chase Headley, 3B

5. Seth Smith, LF

6. Jedd Gyorko, 2B

7. Yonder Alonso, 1B

8. Yasmani Grandal, C

9. Billy Buckner, P

Chicago Cubs Lineup

1. Ryan Kalish, CF

2. Junior Lake, LF

3. Anthony Rizzo, 1B

4. Starlin Castro, SS

5. Luis Valbuena, 3B

6. Welington Castillo, C

7. Nate Schierholtz, RF

8. Darwin Barney, 2B

9. Travis Wood, P