A light rain couldn't hold the Padres back today as they trounced the Diamondbacks and took the series. Edinson Volquez was sharp today, allowing just one run on 4 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. His 6.2 inning start was much needed after the bullpen had to clean up Clayton Richard's case of the runs last night. The offense didn't rack up a lot of hits, but they made the ones they got count.
Everth Cabrera started the game off with a double and scored after a Chris Denorfia walk and Chase Headley single. Deno came home after a pair of sacrifice flies, netting Yonder Alonso is 100th career RBI.
Didi Gregorius hit a solo home run to right field. It was all the Diamondbacks got today. Edinson Volquez said afterwards, "I wanted them to feel they were doing well." Actually, that may have been Andre the Giant. Sorry.
Ian Kennedy started the inning by hitting Headley, and two outs later, it looked like wasn't going to have to pay for such a grievous offense. Thankfully, Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable had other plans. The Rookie of the Year contender crushed a ball to left field; his first bomb at Petco Park. It was beautiful. Go watch it. I'll wait. Venable, not to be outdone, hammered the ball to the right field porch. In case you're dead inside and don't know what the appropriate response to back to back homers is, I'll let John Baker demonstrate.
Final: 5-1 Padres
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The Padres have now won or split their last three series, and have a good shot at keeping that streak going as the floundering Marlins come into town for the end of the homestand. Andrew Cashner takes on ex-Padre Wade LeBlanc at 7:10 PM tomorrow.