Padres Lose, Roster Moves

The first fastball of the game by Brian Lawrence went 77 miles per hour. The good news: in five innings, he allowed only three earned runs on six hits in a 7-6 loss to the Cubs. The bad news: Lawrence got off to his usual terrible start before settling in. The good: Eugene Kingsale saved him from allowing a two run homer with a spectacular catch in the first. Lawrence also had a nasty slider going and took notice.

"I was missing some spots but I did some damage control," Brian Lawrence said of his performance. "I mixed in some off-speed stuff really well today and had a good changeup and a good slider."

Watching Ryan Klesko in left field in the first inning was a sad sight. He didn't come close to a fly hit by Corey Patterson that was more than catchable. Moises Alou drove him in with a sharp double down the left field line to put the Cubs up 1-0. Another double followed to put the Cubbies up by two.

The play of the game goes to Gene Kingsale who robbed Derek Lee of a home run in the first inning. With Klesko lumbering over and making no attempt on the ball, Kingsale timed his jump perfectly and stole a two run homer away from Lee and kept the game within reach at 2-0.

"Lawrence is getting better each time out. He had a rough first inning but he settled down," Manager Bruce Bochy said. "He looked more like himself in terms of command. He had a good slider and I thought he located his fastball well, too."

Ramon Hernandez punched a single down the right field line in the second, with speed limiting him to a single in the second. After a walk to Kingsale, Jeff Cirillo singled down the left field line to score Hernandez. Cirillo had been 1-27 coming into the game.

Lawrence then tied the game with a single to left bringing in Kingsale. Burroughs followed with a single to left and a play at the plate resulted in another run as Cirillo slid in past Paul Bako who couldn't handle a short hop throw by Sammy Sosa.

Antonio Osuna allowed a two run homer in the bottom of the sixth on a split finger fastball that was up in the zone. Osuna was only able to secure one out in the inning. Edgar Huerta relieved Osuna with the bases loaded and got two outs without surrendering another run in the sixth.

With two outs in the ninth, the Padres rallied back. Rico Washington doubled – taking an outside fastball the other way to score two and put the Padres within two at 7-5. Jose Nieves followed by singling through the right side of the infield to score Washington. With Knott at the plate, Nieves was picked off first to end the game.

The Friars committed three errors in the game.

Notes: The San Diego Padres today optioned right-handed pitchers Ben Howard and Dennis Tankersley and outfielder Xavier Nady to Triple-A Portland.

In addition, the Padres also reassigned right-handed pitcher Matt Bruback, first baseman Tagg Bozied and outfielder Jon Knott to Portland.

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