Cubs starter Tom Gorzelanny stumbled in the seventh inning Monday night and lost to the San Diego Padres, but he said he believes he's earned a spot in next year's rotation.
``I feel I've done a pretty good job this year,'' said Gorzelanny (6-7), who has the starting staff's second-best ERA (3.85) even after giving up five runs in 6 1/3 innings.
``I've gone out there and pitched every fifth day and done what they've asked of me and felt like I've been successful this year. I've had a couple bad games, I guess. I've pitched deep into games. ... I feel like I've done a good job here, and if I've earned a spot, it's great. I feel like I've done that. But if they need me to compete [in spring training], I'll compete. And prove to them again that [I belong there].''
Gorzelanny hasn't won since a four-game winning streak in July, despite pitching at least six innings in all four starts since. Monday he didn't allow a hit until the fourth and didn't allow a run until giving up a two-out, run-scoring double to pitcher Kevin Correia in the fifth.
Also Monday, The Cubs signed four of their June draft picks on the final day before a midnight deadline, including seventh-rounder Ben Wells, a high-school right-hander from Arkansas, and ninth-rounder Kevin Rhoderick, a right-hander from Oregon State University.
They signed lefty Casey Harmon (29th round) from Clemson and left-hander Brian Smith (40th) from St. Mary's Catholic School in Ontario, Canada.
In all, the Cubs signed 29 of their 50 picks, including 15 of their top 16.
The only top pick they didn't sign was sixth-rounder Ivan DeJesus (no relation to the Cubs coach), a high school outfielder from Puerto Rico.