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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Padres 5, Cubs 4

By Bruce Levine



Here’s a quick look at the Cubs’ split of a day-night doubleheader with the Padres.

The good: The Cubs end the day at 9-9 tied with three other teams in the NL Central for first place after splitting two games with the Padres. Extra outfielder Reed Johnson is the day’s offensive hero. He had a walkoff homer in Game 1 and three hits in the second game.

The bad: Left-hander James Russell, making his second start of the season, gave up three homers in the loss. First baseman Carlos Pena went 0-for-6 in the doubleheader with four strikeouts.

Outside the box: Left fielder Alfonso Soriano now has a team-high six home runs and 14 RBIs after hitting a two-run homer in Game 2.

Next: The Cubs are off Thursday. On Friday, Casey Coleman takes on the Dodgers’ Chad Billingsley.