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San Diego Padres (8-13) at Chicago Cubs (13-8), 2:20 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Oliver Perez (0-2, 9.00)
Chicago - Matt Clement (2-1, 2.59)
(Sports Network) - The series victory will be on the line this afternoon, when
the San Diego Padres and the Chicago Cubs collide in the last of their three-
game set at Wrigley Field.
San Diego got even in the set on Wednesday with a 2-0 victory. Adam Eaton
struck out a career-high 12 batters in seven shutout innings en route to the
win. Eaton (1-1) scattered five hits and walked two batters to earn his first
victory of the year.
Ramon Vazquez and Sean Burroughs each drove in a run for the Padres, who
snapped a six-game losing streak. No San Diego player registered more than one
hit in the winning effort. Vazquez leads NL leadoff hitters with a .475 on-
The Padres will go with 21-year-old Oliver Perez on the hill today. Perez has
yet to post a win in four starts this season, including an ugly loss to
Colorado last week. The lefthander was trashed for 11 hits and eight runs over
4 2/3 innings, while fanning five and walking three.
Perez has posted no record against the Cubs in his career, while amassing a
7.20 ERA. The native of Mexico has allowed five hits and four runs over five
innings of action versus Chicago.
Chicago will reply with righthander Matt Clement on the mound. Clement has won
his last two decisions, including a victory over Pittsburgh last week. The
hurler limited the Pirates to just two hits and one run over seven innings,
while fanning 10 and walking only three. Clement hasn't given up more than two
earned runs in any of his last three starts.
Clement has tallied a 1-0 mark with a 2.45 ERA against the Padres in his
career. He has allowed seven hits and three runs over 11 innings versus San
Diego, while walking 11 and fanning 10.
Kerry Wood (3-1) was dealt the loss on Wednesday, despite allowing two runs
and striking out 11 in seven innings of work. Wood yielded five hits, walked
three and hit three batters.
Sammy Sosa and Mark Grudzielanek each had a pair of hits for the Cubs, who
lost for just the second time in eight games. Chicago won the opening contest
of the three-game set, 7-2.
The Padres have owned this series in recent years, going 14-8 against the Cubs
since the start of 2000. San Diego is 7-5 at Wrigley Field during its three-
plus year period of dominance.
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