Just over three years later, the Padres have a chance to match that feat and complete a three-game sweep of the struggling Cubs on Sunday.
The Padres (21-22) extended their winning streak to eight with a 3-1 victory over Chicago (21-20) on Saturday following a 4-0 win in Friday’s series opener.
San Diego is now in position to win a ninth game in a row for the first time since April 30-May 8, 2006, completing that run by sweeping the Cubs in a four-game series at Petco.
That sweep was also part of Chicago’s eight-game losing streak from May 2-9, 2006, and the team is on the verge of its longest slide since then after losing for a sixth consecutive time Saturday.
That year, the Padres swept another three-game set at Chicago from May 12-14 and went on to win the NL West, while the Cubs finished with the worst record in the league at 66-96.
The Padres’ current surge represents a significant turnaround after they lost all three games at Wrigley Field from May 12-14 to extend their slide to six games. They’ve since reversed that with sweeps of Cincinnati and San Francisco.
San Diego hopes Chris Young (3-2, 5.07 ERA) can keep its streak intact as he looks to build on his first victory in over a month.
The right-hander allowed one run and five hits with six strikeouts in six innings of a 2-1 win over the Giants on Tuesday. That was his first win since beating San Francisco on April 12, as he went 0-2 with a 7.34 ERA in his next six outings.
That stretch included a loss 6-4 loss at Chicago on May 13, as Young gave up six runs and six hits with four going for homers in four innings.
He’s 1-1 with a 3.90 ERA in five career starts against the Cubs.
The veteran left-hander is 5-1 with a 3.05 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 44 1-3 inning over seven career games - six starts - versus the Padres. He beat them again opposite Young on May 13, allowing three runs and eight hits while fanning seven in 6 1-3 innings.
Lilly followed that up with another solid outing Tuesday, yielding three runs and four hits in seven innings while the Cubs’ bats produced just three hits in a 3-0 loss at St. Louis.
“He gave up three runs in seven innings, and that’s very competitive and gives you a chance to win a baseball game,” Cubs manager Lou Piniella told the club’s official Web site.