Cubs' Germano thumped by old roommate

CHICAGO -- You would think friends and former roommates would treat each other better, but the San Francisco Giants' Xavier Nady didn’t hold back against Chicago Cubs pitcher Justin Germano.

The two were among four San Diego Padres prospects jammed into a three-bedroom apartment in Portland, Ore., in 2004 and Germano recalled Nady as a nice, respectful, funny guy to be around.

He wasn’t exactly laughing Saturday, though, as Nady’s three-run double was part of a four-run first inning that helped the Giants sink the Cubs by a 5-2 score.

“He kept us all in good moods so he was definitely a good guy to have on the team and as a roommate,” said Germano, who was the one that ended up sleeping on the couch.

Having Nady as an opponent was another story. Pitching without close to his best stuff, Germano was fine outside of the four-run first inning but the damage had been done.

“He battled through five innings,” manager Dale Sveum said. “He got two quick outs in the first inning and then things snowballed out of control there and Nady gets the base-hit down the line. After that we shut them down pretty good and the bullpen did a great job sucking up those innings.”

That positive first impression Germano left is starting to fade with him giving up five or more runs in each of his last three outings. That’s in contrast to the two runs or less he gave up in his first two starts, not to mention two solid extended relief outings before that.

He still could get as many as six more starts down the stretch to show what he can do before next season.

“I felt like I was definitely battling out there,” Germano said. “The first inning I felt I was getting the ground balls I wanted, they just got through the hole. The ground ball that Nady hit and hugged the line was what I was trying to get. I was trying to get the ground ball, but when it comes down to it, it is a game of inches.”