The Chicago Cubs are trailing 6-5 to the San Diego Padres through five innings on Wednesday afternoon after starter Ryan Dempster struggled badly in his tenth start of the season. The veteran has been looking for his first win all year despite pitching well, but he certainly doesn't deserve a victory after his outing on Wednesday.
Lasting just 4.1 innings, Dempster allowed six runs on six hits (including three home runs) while walking four and striking out three. After allowing no more than four runs in any of his other appearances this season, this easily slots in as Dempster's worst performance of the season.
Returning from injury recently, Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin has had a huge day already for the Padres with a pair of homers and four RBI. Fellow San Diego outfielder Chris Denorfia has also thrived, going 2-for-3 with a double, a homer and two RBI on the day.
Steve Clevenger leads the Cubs offense with two hits and two RBI. Chicago managed to load the bases in the fifth inning, scoring a pair of runs on bases loaded walks by Ian Stewart and Darwin Barney.
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