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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Rapid Reaction: Padres 8, Cubs 3

By Sahadev Sharma



CHICAGO -- The San Diego Padres took care of business Wednesday at Wrigley Field, running past the Chicago Cubs 8-3. Here’s a quick look at the game:

How it happened: The Padres got on the board early as Yangervis Solarte tripled home Chris Denorfia with no outs in the first, then came around to score on a Carlos Quentin sacrifice fly. San Diego extended its lead to 3-0 in the fourth, when Chris Nelson doubled in Jeff Francoeur. In the bottom half of the inning, however, Luis Valbuena tied things up with one swing of the bat, driving a three-run homer through a strong wind and into the right-field bleachers. The Padres came right back in the fifth with a two-spot, coming off a Tommy Medica double and Rene Rivera's bases-loaded walk.

What it means: It's hard to get hung up on wins and losses with the Cubs right now, so the focus has to be on players who could be a part of the future. Despite being age 33, starter Tsuyoshi Wada is in the discussion to fill one of what could be numerous holes in the Cubs' 2015 rotation. Wada struggled in his second big league start, lasting just four innings while giving up five runs on five hits, striking out four and walking four. Wada may get another look, but there are other options knocking on the door.

Up next: The Cubs wrap up their three-game set with the Padres with Edwin Jackson taking on Tyson Ross at 7:05 CT Thursday night at Wrigley Field.