When the Padres released Cody Ransom after the first week of the season, they probably never imagined it would come back to sting them. After all, Ransom wasn’t exactly tearing it up. His numbers in five games in a Padres’ uniform: .000, 0 HR, 0 RBI. As in, 0-for-11 with five strikeouts.
The Padres were hoping that the veteran third-baseman would be a reliable fill-in for Chase Headley, who started the season on the DL. Instead, he couldn’t find his stroke, leaving him in search of his seventh different team since breaking into the Majors with the Giants in 2001.
So what does he do in his first game against his former team? Ransom (pictured above with the Yankees) slammed a solo home run and a run-scoring single, and also made a great play at third that may have saved the game for the Cubs.
With the bases loaded in the seventh, Jedd Gyorko bounced a ball to third that Ransom bare-handed and fired to first in time to nail Gyorko by half a step.
“You take a million ground balls and hope to have the opportunity to catch it and throw it,” Ransom said. “Checked swing, and it was a little strange off the bat and it came off a little harder than I thought it would and made it to me and luckily for us, Gyorko didn’t run that well.”
Darwin Barney also contributed to the Cubs’ 10-hit attack in a major way with two RBI doubles. Scott Hairston, another former Padre, followed Ransom’s home run with one of his own, in the second inning off Clayton Richard. Richard drops to 0-3 after giving up five runs in five and 2/3 frames.
The Padres’ lone hit with RISP came when Yonder Alonso drove home two with a fifth inning single, tying the game at three. They had plenty of chances, but finished a disappointing 1-for-10 with RISP and stranded 11 runners. Everth Cabrera enjoyed a 3-for-4 day for the Friars.
Game two features Edinson Volquez, 1-3, 6.39, versus the Cubs’ Edwin Jackson, 0-3, 4.76, Tuesday at 5:05 PST. Volquez is 4-0 lifetime vs the Cubs, with a 2.21 ERA and 36 K’s in 36 and 2/3 innings. Jackson is 0-3, 4.32 lifetime vs San Diego.
Stat of the Day: Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin were a combined 1-for-7, with five strikeouts and six men left on base.
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