SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Rookie Josh Barfield got another first out of
the way -- a game-winning hit.
San Diego won by shutout for the second straight night, having
beaten the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 on Thursday night.
"We knew it was going to be the first one to score today,"
said Barfield, the son of former AL home run champ Jesse Barfield.
"The pitching was real good on both sides."
The Cubs were shut out for the second straight night and for the
fourth time in six games. They've lost four straight, and have
scored only five runs in their last seven games.
The Cubs have gone 25 straight innings without scoring, and have
stranded 30 runners in the last three games.
"It's starting to get ridiculous," Cubs manager Dusty Baker
said. "Both sides left a lot of men out there. Just one hit would
have won that game tonight, which happened.
"You get past angry," Baker added. "You're just more
frustrated. I don't know what else to say. We just have to do it."
Greene started the winning rally when he drew a walk off Scott
Williamson (2-2) leading off the 11th, then stole second with one
out. Barfield hit a 2-1 pitch into center field to bring in Greene
well ahead of the throw.
"That was a big steal right there, otherwise the base hit
doesn't win it for us," Barfield said. "That's kind of what you
live for right there."
Scott Cassidy (2-0) got the final two outs of the 11th for the
Chan Ho Park pitched brilliantly for the Padres, allowing only
two hits in nine scoreless innings. But he had only a no-decision
to show for it because Carlos Zambrano pitched seven shutout
innings, and the Padres stranded nine runners through nine innings
and 11 total. Chicago stranded eight.
Park struck out four and walked four.
"Today was a very important game for us," said Park, who added
that he didn't care about the no-decision.
Zambrano struck out 10 and held San Diego to four hits. He
walked three. Zambrano came into the game with a 4-0 record and
2.67 ERA in five career starts against San Diego.
"He did a phenomenal job," catcher Michael Barrett said. "We
needed him to pitch well for us tonight and he did."
In Zambrano's seven starts this year, the Cubs have scored only
nine runs while he's in the game. He's winless in his last nine
starts, his longest drought.
"You go through these things, it's just that everything is kind
of magnified right now, because we keep repeating it over and over
again of late," Barrett said.
The Cubs had a chance to break out of their funk when they
loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but Park got out of
Barrett hit a leadoff single to center and advanced on San Diego
native Jacque Jones' groundout and Jerry Hairston's fly to center.
The Padres intentionally walked Neifi Perez, forcing Baker to lift
Zambrano for pinch-hitter John Mabry. Park walked Mabry to load the
bases, then got Juan Pierre to force Mabry at second.
Park didn't allow a hit until the fifth, when Jones singled
sharply to center.
The Padres had few chances against Zambrano.
San Diego got runners to second and third with two outs in the
fourth before Zambrano struck out Barfield. Zambrano allowed Brian
Giles' leadoff double to right-center in the sixth, then retired
the next three batters.
Padres CF Mike Cameron made a nice running catch of Todd
Walker's fly into the gap in left-center for the second out of the
ninth. ... Barfield, the Padres' second baseman, made a spectacular
over-the-shoulder catch of Juan Pierre's fly to shallow center for
the last out of the sixth. ... Park's bat went flying out of his
hands in the third inning, hit the lip of the Cubs' dugout roof and
bounced to the ground.