MESA, Ariz. – The Cubs lost their sixth consecutive home game Saturday, falling 5-1 to the San Diego Padres.
The good: We will go with Travis Wood here, not necessarily because he was good, but rather because he was better. After a string of poor outings, Wood was improved Saturday, although he still have up three runs on five hits and two hit batters in 3 2/3 innings.
The bad: File this one under bad luck for Alfonso Soriano. He made an error in the fourth inning on a throw home that was actually perfectly on line to catcher Wellington Castillo and ahead of the runner. The problem was that the throw didn’t have much behind it and Castillo made a stab at it and missed just as the runner arrived. By rule the error goes to the person making the throw.
Outside the box: Although manager Dale Sveum hasn’t committed to putting Randy Wells in the bullpen it seems likely that could end up happening. So pitching in what might be his role when the season begins, Wells went 1 2/3 innings against the Padres, allowing just one hit and no runs. Wells isn’t done starting in Arizona, though. Sveum said the right-hander will likely be on the mound the next time through the rotation.
Up next: Cubs right-hander Rodrigo Lopez (0-0, 2.25 ERA) will match up against Cleveland Indians right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (1-0, 0.00) in a 3 p.m. CST start at Goodyear. Ryan Dempster will get in his work Sunday in a minor-league game.