Feldman was the star of the game, striking out a career-high 12 batters, giving up just three hits, one walk and hitting an RBI double. The right-hander had retired 18 consecutive batters until the seventh inning before a runner reached base because of an error by Cubs’ third baseman, Luis Valbuena.
While Feldman seemed to struggle a bit in the ninth inning, giving up two solo home runs, both teams appeared impressed with the pitcher’s performance. “That’s pitching like Chris Carpenter or Roy Halladay, that type of stuff — bringing it back from inside and cutting it on the outside,” Chase Headley of the Padres told MLB.com. “When guys do that, sometimes you just have to tip your cap.”
Feldman’s complete game couldn’t have come at a better time after Edwin Jackson‘s embarrassing outing against the Padres the night before, lasting only four innings and giving up eight runs. A comeback like Tuesday’s game was just what the Cubs needed to regain their confidence.
Although the Cubs have struggled with pitching in the first month of the 2013 season, Feldman’s work seems to have gone under the radar this year as he has only given up two runs or less in his last four starts, according to MLB.com.
Are we looking at the underdog of the Cubs’ pitching rotation? Maybe.
If Feldman continues to be a solid as he was in April, maybe Cubs fans can relax a little about the team’s never-ending pitching problems.