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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, August 24th (All times Eastern)

Chicago Cubs (54-74) at San Diego Padres (58-70), 8:40 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (7-11, 4.12) San Diego - Eric Stults (8-10, 3.70)

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Cubs have seen nothing but right-handers of late. On Saturday, they face a lefty starter for the first time in 16 games when Eric Stults toes the rubber for the San Diego Padres in the middle test of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Stults did not get a decision on Sunday against the New York Mets, as he allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings of his team's 4-3 win. Stults is winless in his last six starts (0-3) and is 8-10 on the year with a 3.70 ERA.

"I felt better than I did in my last start in Colorado," said Stults. "It's always nice to be at home."

In five starts versus the Cubs Stults is 1-3 with a 4.56 ERA.

Getting the call for Chicago will be righty Jeff Samardzija, who went the distance to beat the Washington Nationals his last time out. Samardzija gave up a run, six hits and struck out five without walking a batter on Monday and improved to 7-11 on the year to go along with a 4.12 ERA.

Samardzija is 2-1 in five games (3 starts) versus the Padres with a 2.95 ERA.

San Diego drew first blood in this series on Friday, as Will Venable drove in three runs, including the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, to lift the Padres to an 8-6 win.

With one out in the seventh, Venable clubbed a 1-0 pitch off James Russell (1-5) over the right field wall to give the Padres the lead for good.

"Well, once again it was bad pitch selection," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum about Russell serving up the homer to Venable.

Nick Vincent (3-1) gave up a bunt single in the seventh to pick up the win while Huston Street threw a scoreless ninth to notch his 25th save.

Jedd Gyorko hit two home runs and had four RBI for the Padres, who rebounded from an early 6-0 hole.

"I'm getting good pitches and putting good swings on it," said Gyorko. "It's about what it comes down to. I'm starting to find my swing, a little bit back to how it was a little bit before I got hurt."

Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run home run while Brian Bogusevic drove in two runs for the Cubs, who have lost four straight and 10 of their last 12 games.

Chicago split a four-game set with the Padres earlier in the year.

08/24 10:27:32 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
3rd
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
4th
CHA 82
TOR 75
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
6th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
4th
IND 70
CHI 68
 
4th
WAS 90
MIA 77
 
4th
ORL 99
SAC 95
 
4th
CHA 82
TOR 75
 
4th
PHI 57
UTA 66
 
Half
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 44
BOS 46
 
2nd
HOU 44
DET 40
 
2nd
MEM 39
LAL 36
 
2nd
BRK 31
PHO 33
 
1st
SAN 26
DEN 20
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 70
AKR 67
 
2nd
BUF 64
BGU 62
 
2nd
DART 61
BRO 65
 
2nd
WMICH 63
CMICH 53
 
2nd
PENN 50
CLMB 42
 
Final
PRIN 66
CORN 53
 
2nd
OU 59
ILLCH 62
 
Final
OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
2nd
BST 46
NILL 48
 
2nd
EMICH 80
TOL 55
 
2nd
NIOWA 71
BRAD 44
 
2nd
MURST 49
MORE 42
 
Half
HARV 19
YALE 22
 
1st
DREX 7
COC 5
 
1st
CITA 11
FUR 18
 
1st
CCAR 0
UNCA 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
USF
PAC
9:00pm Tonight
BAY
TTU
9:30pm Tonight
EKENT
BEL
9:30pm Tonight
CLST
DET
9:35pm Tonight
INDST
LOYC
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
2nd Intermission
NJD 1
CLB 3
 
3rd
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 3
 
1st
CHI 0
EDM 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
PIT