"We know we're awful. We're embarrassed, to be honest. We've got to keep coming out here and getting after it. We have no choice. Right now it's like a virus has hit our bats and now it's hit our staff a little bit."

Padres Manager Bruce Bochy on the slump that has cost his team first place in the NL West

Personnel Dept.

Cubs: Jody Gerut, acquired from Cleveland on July 18, went 0 for 2 to drop his average with the team to .071 (1 for 14). He was pulled in the seventh inning and then was traded to Pittsburgh for OF Matt Lawton.

Padres: Activated RHP Adam Eaton, their winningest pitcher, from the 15-day DL and optioned rookie RHP Tim Stauffer to Class AAA Portland.

Eaton had been on the DL with a strained tendon in his right middle finger. He is 9-2 with a 3.42 ERA.

Rockies: Newly acquired OF Larry Bigbie arrived at Coors Field about an hour before game time but did not play.

By the Numbers


The number of fans who attended the four-game series between host Houston and the Mets. It was the most in franchise history. The majority booed New York OF Carlos Beltran, a former Astro, every time he hit or the ball was hit to him in center field.

Today in Baseball

1978: Pete Rose went 0 for 4 against Atlanta to end his 44-game hitting streak.

-- Compiled by

Christian Swezey