Padres swept at home

The San Diego Padres came into this weekend's games with a solid grasp on the division and a home field advantage that was becoming noticeable. They ended the weekend, after a series with the Chicago Cubs, somewhat humbled. They were swept by the Cubs with the final game a 4-2 loss on Sunday.

"Maddux was his old self, but we faced two guys the last two days that our offense is capable of scoring some runs against," Phil Nevin said bluntly. "We just didn't do it. We didn't take good at-bats."

The Cubs staked out to an early two run lead with runs in the second and third innings. Both run scoring hits were doubles and came with two outs off starter David Wells.

The Padres had a golden chance to get one back in the bottom of the third when Ramon Hernandez led off the inning with a double, but no one could push the run across.

One inning later the Padres got three consecutive singles by Brian Giles, Nevin and Jay Payton to cut the lead to 2-1. After an error loaded the bases, Hernandez had an RBI ground out to knot the score at 2-2.

A solo homer in the top of the fifth by Jose Macias gave Chicago the lead again. Michael Barrett added an insurance run in the eighth with a solo shot off Scott Linebrink. Linebrink had not allowed a run in 13 outings.

The Cubs blasted seven home runs off San Diego pitching in the weekend series.

"It wasn't a good series for us," manager Bruce Bochy said. "Bats were quiet."

Notes

All kids aged 14 and younger received Padres Player picture frames, presented by Union Bank.

From 11:00-noon, fans were allowed down on the field to take photos of Padre players.

Pony League teams from across San Diego County were in attendance for Sunday's game.

Prior to the series finale, shortstop Khalil Greene and outifielder Brian Giles were each presented with their National League Rookie of the Month Award and National League Player of the Week Award, respectively. Greene batted .304 with eight doubles, 10 RBI and 11 runs in 23 games in April while Giles batted .462 (12-for-26) with three home runs and six RBI for his fifth NL Player of the Week honor.

With sellouts in 11 of the team's 22 games the Padres new downtown ballpark (including Sunday), PETCO Park has tied Bank One Ball Park for the second most sellouts over the first 22 games of any of the last 10 Major League ballparks to be opened. The only ballpark with more sellouts over it's first 22 games was San Francisco's SBC Park.


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