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.