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Rapid Reaction: Padres 4, Cubs 2

5/2/2013

CHICAGO -- Here's a quick look at the Chicago Cubs' 4-2 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday:

How it happened: The Cubs let a 2-0 lead slip away in the eighth inning after Julio Borbon called off Darwin Barney on a pop fly with two outs as the ball dropped safely. The Padres scored a run on that play and three more that inning after the tying run tallied on a passed ball. Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley had run-scoring singles as well. Shawn Camp and James Russell faltered in relief of Travis Wood, who was very good. The Cubs scored their runs on a two-run home run by Scott Hairston in the seventh, but that's all they managed.

What it means: The Cubs reverted to early-season form by making a mistake in the field and letting it hurt afterward. In this case, it's the pitching that's more to blame, as an extremely windy day was bound to cause havoc and the Cubs did make some very good defensive plays before Borbon and Barney's miscommunication. Bullpen struggles aren't new to this team but things had been going well of late. Wood deserved a better fate after retiring the first 14 batters of the game, but he's charged with the loss. ... As has been the case most of the year, the Cubs scored with the long ball but did little else, missing some early opportunities with runners on. They were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position while the Padres were 3-for-7.

What's next: The Cubs open a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds at 1:20 p.m. CT Friday with Carlos Villanueva opposing Mike Leake.