Padres beat the Pirates last night, just in case you were wondering

SAN DIEGO, CA - AUGUST 20: Edinson Volquez #37 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Petco Park on August 20, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

So in case you missed it, the Padres won last night. I watched from the 4th inning until the 9th, but was just too tired to write a recap. The story of the night seems to be that Edinson Volquez struck out 10 Pirates, but the story behind the story is Volquez's inconsistency. One start he's good and the next several he's bad, like real bad. Which pitcher is he?


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2012 - Edinson Volquez 8-9 26 26 1 1 0 0 148.2 123 72 69 13 89 143 4.18 1.43

I think Bud Black has a fair assessment of him:

"Tonight was more indicative of what he can do," Black said. "But, I still think there is a cleaner game in there for him, I really do. His ball-strike ratio wasn't where it needs to be overall. I'd still say there is more in there, because he's a good pitcher. He's got good stuff. But, I think the mechanics were a little cleaner."

Offensively speaking Will Venable has been on a mini two-day tear. He played a part in all three Padres runs. He drove in the first run of the game on a ground ball single to center field. Venable scored himself on a fielder's choice later in the first. In the bottom of the 2nd, Venable again hit a ground ball single this time to right that scored Maybin.

Kevin Correia took the loss. He was the first Pirates' pitcher to throw on zero days rest since 1981. He threw 24 pitches out of the bullpen on Sunday.

"I just made a couple bad pitches in the first I wish I could get back," Correia said. "An 0-2 curve to Cabrera to lead off the game and then another 0-2 pitch where I hit [Carlos] Quentin. Besides that, I really feel like I threw the ball pretty decently."

It's still weird seeing him pitching for the Pirates. 2010 seems so long ago, but also not. I don't mean to name drop but we hung out with that dude from 15 feet away last year.


Final - 8.20.2012 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh Pirates 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 1
San Diego Padres 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 10 1
WP: Edinson Volquez (8 - 9)
SV: Dale Thayer (7)
LP: Kevin Correia (9 - 8)

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