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Prior throws six shutout innings to prevent Padres sweep

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Mark Prior was a success in his season debut, while Kerry Wood struggled again.

Prior pitched six shutout innings in his first game of the season and Derrek Lee had five RBI, leading the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres 8-3 Wednesday for a doubleheader split.

Prior (1-0) made just one start in spring training and went on the disabled list due to right elbow inflammation. He got hit hard last week in a minor-league rehabilitation start but, backed by a quick 7-0 lead Wednesday, he allowed four hits, struck out six and walked one, throwing 92 pitches.

"I wanted to go out there and throw strikes," Prior said. "I had good down angle on the ball, throwing my fastballs down in the zone pretty good. I was happy with the command I did have on my fastball. Even the first three or four pitches of the game, I threw it right where I wanted."

Fans, some of whom booed Wood in the opener, cheered loudly for Prior, whose start was delayed a day by Tuesday's rainout.

"It was kind of a nice, little welcome back to the season," Prior said. "It was pretty cool."

Prior also started the four-run second with a single up the middle, scoring off Corey Patterson's RBI single. He added another single in the third inning.

While Cubs manager Dusty Baker said he was grateful for his offensive contributions, he was mostly glad to see Prior on the mound.

"You're always concerned when a guy hasn't pitched very much," Baker said. "He had good command, good tempo. His mechanics looked good."

Brian Lawrence (0-2) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings.

Lee hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Chicago's runs in the second came on Patterson's RBI single, Lee's sacrifice fly, a run-scoring wild pitch and Jeromy Burnitz's run-scoring single.

"I hit it pretty good," Lee said of his homer. "The key to that was to keep it low because the wind was blowing in pretty hard."

Neifi Perez went 6-for-9 in the doubleheader, all singles. Perez started at second base in the first game and at shortstop in the second.

Prior said endurance was only a factor when he zipped around from first to third on Jerry Hairston's double in the third.

"I got a little winded out there running first to third," he said. "I haven't done that since college."

While Prior said he's not "100 percent" yet, that's news to the Padres.

"He threw very well," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said. "We didn't get much going off him. It didn't look like he was coming off rehab."

Note

  • Patterson has a nine-game hitting streak, the first for the Cubs at the start of the season since Brian McRae in 1996.
 
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Mark Prior salvages the doubleheader for the Cubs in his season debut. (Getty Images)
Mark Prior salvages the doubleheader for the Cubs in his season debut. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Chicago

D. Lee
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Chicago

M. Prior
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
 
San Diego Padres
Sean Burroughs, 3B5011010 .250
Mark Loretta, 2B4010112 .333
Brian Giles, RF3110221 .267
Ryan Klesko, LF4100104 .258
Phil Nevin, 1B4010024 .184
Xavier Nady, CF4011011 .412
Khalil Greene, SS3011010 .267
Miguel Ojeda, C2100221 .000
Brian Lawrence, P1000000 .000
    Dennys Reyes, P1000000 .000
   a- Mark Sweeney, PH1010000 .500
    Darrell May, P0000000 .000
   b- Geoff Blum, PH1000002 .308
    Rudy Seanez, P0000000 .000
Totals3337361015 
a-singled for Reyes in the 7th
b-flied out for May in the 8th
Batting
2B - Khalil Greene (3, Prior)
SF - Khalil Greene (1)
RBI - Sean Burroughs (3), Xavier Nady (11), Khalil Greene (5)
2-OUT RBI - Sean Burroughs (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
PB - Miguel Ojeda (1)
San Diego Padres
Brian Lawrence (L,0-2) 2.2977111 8.38
Dennys Reyes 3.1211230 4.50
Darrell May 1000100 2.25
Rudy Seanez 1000000 1.69
HBP - Hairston (by Brian Lawrence)
WP - Brian Lawrence (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Lawrence 71-47, Dennys Reyes 50-29, Darrell May 17-9, Rudy Seanez 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Lawrence 3-4, Dennys Reyes 4-3, Darrell May 2-1, Rudy Seanez 2-1
Batters Faced - Brian Lawrence 19, Dennys Reyes 14, Darrell May 4, Rudy Seanez 3
Chicago Cubs
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B3210101 .167
Neifi Perez, SS5230002 .412
Corey Patterson, CF5211003 .310
Derrek Lee, 1B3125100 .364
Jeromy Burnitz, RF4011011 .289
Jason Dubois, LF3010102 .375
Jose Macias, 3B4000003 .091
Henry Blanco, C4000020 .000
Mark Prior, P3120010 .667
    Michael Wuertz, P0000000 .000
   a- Mike Fontenot, PH0000100 .000
    Mike Remlinger, P0000000 .000
    Chad Fox, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
Totals3481174412 
a-walked for Wuertz in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jerry Hairston Jr. (2, Lawrence), Jason Dubois (1, Lawrence)
HR - Derrek Lee (2, Lawrence)
SF - Derrek Lee (1)
RBI - Corey Patterson (5), Derrek Lee 5 (11), Jeromy Burnitz (5)
2-OUT RBI - Jeromy Burnitz (1)
SB - Corey Patterson (1, 3rd base off Lawrence/Ojeda)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Jeromy Burnitz (2, wild throw)
Chicago Cubs
Mark Prior (W,1-0) 6400160 0.00
Michael Wuertz 1211110 1.59
Mike Remlinger0022200 4.50
Chad Fox 1100110 0.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1000120 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Prior 92-63, Michael Wuertz 28-17, Mike Remlinger 12-4, Chad Fox 21-12, LaTroy Hawkins 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Prior 5-7
Batters Faced - Mark Prior 23, Michael Wuertz 6, Mike Remlinger 2, Chad Fox 5, LaTroy Hawkins 4
Game Information
Attendance - 39230
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 46
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Chuck Meriwether, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Mike Fichter