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Hensley's two-hit shutout leads Padres in 9-0 rout

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- The more the San Diego Padres play together, the more they like their chances in the NL West.

Clay Hensley pitched a two-hitter for his first career shutout and Khalil Greene hit a three-run homer to lead San Diego over Chicago 9-0 Sunday.

The Padres completed a three-game sweep and finished the season 7-0 against the Cubs. Their last sweep at Wrigley came on Sept. 4-6, 1992.

Brian Giles walked five times, tying a major league record in a nine-inning game for San Diego, which has won 14 of its last 15 games. The Padres also have won eight straight on the road.

After a 9-15 start to the season, San Diego (22-16) has quickly rebounded to become the top team in its division.

"I think we're starting to become a team. It was a pretty new team coming into spring training," Hensley said. "A lot of new guys, a lot of new faces. Everybody is starting to come together as a team. Guys are swinging it and our pitchers are doing a good job. It's all coming together for us."

Chicago has lost 14 of its last 16 games.

"Guys got to get together and reach back and find that pride and get this thing rolling before it's too late," Cubs manager Dusty Baker said.

Hensley (2-2) retired 11 straight batters before Michael Barrett's double in the fifth inning. He threw 92 pitches, with two strikeouts and one intentional walk.

"It feels good. it was a lot of fun. It was a good opportunity to go deep in the game and give the bullpen a break," Hensley said.

San Diego started the scoring in the fifth. Josh Barfield doubled on the first pitch of the inning. After a sacrifice bunt and a strikeout, Eric Young drove in Barfield with a double to left.

Rich Hill (0-3), making his third start of the season, walked Giles to lead off the sixth. After Mike Piazza doubled, Giles tagged on Greene's sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.

Baker then replaced Hill with reliever Scott Williamson. He allowed a single to Barfield to load the bases, then during Adrian Gonzalez's at-bat, Williamson threw back-to-back wild pitches, allowing Piazza and Vinny Castilla to score, making it 4-0.

"There is no one to blame. It's definitely not Dusty's fault that this is going on, or (pitching coach) Larry Rothschild's fault or any of the player's fault. It is one of those situations that you get into this rut and sometimes it is really hard to get out of it," Williamson said.

Hill, (0-3) lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He struck out four and walked five.

"This is tough. We can't beat ourselves today and you can't let that frustration level get to you and stop believing," Hill said.

Greene hit his eighth homer of the season with two runners on in the seventh inning to make it 8-0 Chicago.

The Padres' only loss this month came last Tuesday in 10 innings to Milwaukee.

"A lot of baseball (left). But we've come a long ways. We were having our own struggles not to long ago. I couldn't be prouder of the club the way they've come back. they've shown how resilient they are," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said.

Notes

  • Several players from both teams used pink bats. Major League Baseball granted special permission for players to use pink bats for Mother's Day. It is part of a weeklong program to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
  • RHP Mark Prior pitched in a simulated game Sunday.
  • The last time a player had five walks in a game was Barry Bonds on Sept. 25, 2004, against the Dodgers.
 
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Second-year Padres starter Clay Hensley gets his first shutout in seven career starts.  (Getty Images)
Second-year Padres starter Clay Hensley gets his first shutout in seven career starts. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
San Diego

C. Hensley
IP 9.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 2
San Diego

K. Greene
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
San Diego Padres
Eric Young, LF5111123 .208
Mike Cameron, CF4000022 .256
Brian Giles, RF0200500 .276
    Paul McAnulty, PR-RF0000000 .000
Mike Piazza, C3110101 .255
    Josh Bard, PR-C0101100 .233
Khalil Greene, SS4124003 .226
Vinny Castilla, 3B3100113 .235
    Geoff Blum, 3B1010000 .294
Josh Barfield, 2B4130100 .283
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5110015 .228
Clay Hensley, P5000055 .071
Totals34996101122 
Batting
2B - Eric Young (3, Hill), Mike Piazza (6, Hill), Josh Barfield (4, Hill)
HR - Khalil Greene (8, Novoa)
SF - Khalil Greene (1)
RBI - Eric Young (6), Josh Bard (3), Khalil Greene 4 (28)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Young (1), Josh Bard (1)
SB - Eric Young (4, 2nd base off Novoa/Barrett)
Team LOB - 10
San Diego Padres
Clay Hensley (W,2-2) 9200120 3.70
IBB - Perez by Clay Hensley
Pitches-Strikes - Clay Hensley 91-59
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Hensley 13-12
Batters Faced - Clay Hensley 30
Chicago Cubs
Juan Pierre, CF4000000 .225
Ronny Cedeno, SS4000010 .288
Todd Walker, 1B4010010 .284
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3000001 .214
Jacque Jones, RF3000000 .265
Michael Barrett, C3010000 .281
Matt Murton, LF3000001 .278
Neifi Perez, 2B2000100 .203
Rich Hill, P2000002 .000
    Scott Williamson, P0000000 .000
    Roberto Novoa, P0000000 .000
    Jae-Kuk Ryu, P0000000 .000
   a- John Mabry, PH1000000 .217
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
Totals29020124 
a-grounded out for Ryu in the 8th
Batting
2B - Todd Walker (5, Hensley), Michael Barrett (5, Hensley)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Murton 1
DP - Perez-Cedeno-Walker, Murton-Barrett-Ramirez
E - Aramis Ramirez (1, Misplayed grounder)
Chicago Cubs
Rich Hill (L,0-3) 5.1433540 7.63
Scott Williamson 0.2111120 3.71
Roberto Novoa 1143211 4.60
Jae-Kuk Ryu 1111220 9.00
Bob Howry 1200020 2.50
IBB - Giles by Roberto Novoa
HBP - Cameron (by Jae-Kuk Ryu)
WP - Scott Williamson 2 (5)
Pitches-Strikes - Rich Hill 90-53, Scott Williamson 17-10, Roberto Novoa 23-10, Jae-Kuk Ryu 27-14, Bob Howry 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rich Hill 5-5, Roberto Novoa 1-2, Jae-Kuk Ryu 1-0
Batters Faced - Rich Hill 23, Scott Williamson 4, Roberto Novoa 7, Jae-Kuk Ryu 7, Bob Howry 5
Game Information
Attendance - 39570
Game Time - 2:23
Temperature - 52
Umpires - Home - Gary Darling, First Base - Larry Poncino, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Brian Knight