The Cubs will be sorry to see the Padres leave town after tomorrow's series finale in Chicago. Before the Padres busses rolled down Waveland Avenue on Monday the Cubs had lost 12 straight. After beating the Padres 5-3 the Cubs have now won two in a row. With the loss the Padres have dropped five straight and are a dismal 1-8 on this 10-game road trip.
Carlos Quentin homered for the first time as a Padre, blasting a no-doubter off Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija in the fifth to give San Diego a 1-0 lead. That lead didn't last long. In the bottom of the inning Samardzija helped his own cause with a broken bat single off starter Eric Stults to drive in the go-ahead run. Stolts pitched into the seventh inning, but took the loss.
Alfonso Soriano feasted again on Padres pitching. For the second straight day he homered. Soriano, who didn't hit one out of the park in his first 30-games this season, has hit seven in his last 13.
The Cubs go for the three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon.