ICYMI: Friars shut out in finale vs. Cubs

ICYMI: Friars shut out in finale vs. Cubs

The Padres' bats were silent on Thursday as the Cubs shut out the Friars and took the final game of a seven-game homestand in San Diego. Starter Odrisamer Despaigne took the loss despite a fine pitching performance in which he gave up only two earned runs in six innings. Despaigne settled in with five scoreless frams after giving up two runs early and showed signs of recovering from his most recent start against Washington.

While the offense struggled against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who threw a shutout against the Friars, third baseman Will Middlebrooks showed signs of improvement after collecting two hits. Outfielder Justin Upton also collected a single off of Hendricks and increased his stolen-base total on the season to nine, being perfect in stolen-base attempts thus far in the season.

In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may not have seen on Thursday:

Padres postgame recap: Padres' offense can't get on track vs. Cubs

Ninja's nifty spin and throw

Amarista spins, fires to first

Black on Despaigne's improved outing and the Padres hitting Thursday

Black on loss to the Cubs

Starting consistency leads to long-term longevity: Shields, Ross work 7 in back-to-back games

Check his bag, he's got a bat and a canon: Norris tearing it up on both sides of the plate

Down on the farm: Rodriguez, two relievers throw shutout for San Antonio

Buddy's Bullets: Black looks for better things from Despaigne

Game Notes highlights: Game Notes vs. CHC (05.21) Despaigne Takes the Hill in Rubber Match

Looking forward:
Friar Forecast: Dodgers welcome Padres to open six-game homestand

Friday's probable pitchers: Cashner seeks first win against Dodgers this season