Cubs Win 1-0 In 10 Innings; First 1-0 Extra-Inning Win At Wrigley Since 2003

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Carlos Zambrano Strikes Out Ten, Tyler Colvin Drives In Winning Run In 10th For Cubs

On a night where the game time temperature was 34 degrees and players were playing quite fast, the Cubs/Padres game went into the ninth inning having not even reached the two-hour mark and with no score.

Part of the reason for this was the dominant pitching of Carlos Zambrano, who gave up only three hits and struck out 10 in eight solid innings. He was matched by San Diego’s Tim Stauffer, who gave up just four singles and struck out four in seven innings. For the first nine innings, only two runners reached third base — Cameron Maybin for the Padres in the second, and Starlin Castro for the Cubs in the sixth, both with two out. Neither scored, and no one had an extra-base hit.

That changed in the 10th, thanks to some hustle. Kosuke Fukudome drew a one-out walk and was forced by Geovany Soto — who managed to beat the relay throw because it appeared Padres 2B Orlando Hudson had trouble transferring the ball in his glove.

Tyler Colvin then batted for reliever Carlos Marmol and smoked a ball into the RF corner. Soto, not the fastest runner, motored home from first base with the winning run; it was the first 1-0 Cubs win at Wrigley Field in extra innings since May 31, 2003.

The win evened the Cubs record at 8-8 and moved them to within a game of the first place Reds. The two teams will meet again Tuesday night at Wrigley, weather permitting.

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Cubs Lineup Monday Night Against Padres

The Cubs line up this way against the San Diego Padres tonight at Wrigley Field:

1. Starlin Castro SS
2. Darwin Barney 2B
3. Marlon Byrd CF
4. Aramis Ramirez 3B
5. Carlos Pena 1B
6. Alfonso Soriano LF
7. Kosuke Fukudome RF
8. Geovany Soto C
9. Carlos Zambrano P

Not many are expected at Wrigley Field this evening as the weather is quite cold and the Bulls are playing a home playoff game against the Pacers at the United Center this evening.

For those who do go and/or watch on TV, this game will begin at 7:05 p.m. CDT and the telecast will be on WCIU-Ch. 26.

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Cubs Open Series Against Padres At Frigid Wrigley Field

Clouds and cold weather and precipitation in Chicago early this morning added up to one thing: snow on the ground at Wrigley Field. It's supposed to melt in time for tonight's game, but more chill rains are expected and playing conditions won't be great, even if they get the game in.

If they do, this could be advantageous to the Cubs. The San Diego Padres have played three games in St. Louis, ten at home in San Diego, and three indoors in Houston -- they can't be used to the cold. The Cubs have, at least, already played six games in conditions not much better than tonight's. It's really been quite cold and wet this April in Chicago, with only one warm day (when the Cubs were in Milwaukee a week ago yesterday).

So, tonight Carlos Zambrano will take the mound for the Cubs against the Padres' Tim Stauffer. Though the Cubs lost two of three in Colorado, they played the Rockies, who are probably the best team in the NL right now, pretty tough. The Padres come in with the same record as the Cubs (7-8) and having split a four-game series with the Astros in Houston.

The game begins at 7:05 p.m. CDT and will be televised on WCIU-Ch. 26.

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