Padres Hang On To Win 7-6 In A Game That Didn't Seem Like It Would Be Close

Denis Poroy

A big lead turns into a nail biting affair, but the Padres emerged victorious buoyed by Jason Marquis, power hitting offense and great defense.

The back-at-home Padres took the lead early and I'd like to say they never looked back, but I'm pretty sure by the end they were looking over their collective shoulder. The Padres' hitting stayed hot like it was still playing in Coors Field instead of San Diego. However, the Padres pitching continued to be shaky. Actually, that isn't completely fair. Let me explain.

Jason Marquis (8-2, 3.59 ERA) pitched a gem. He was the player of the game. He got through the first inning pretty easily before getting staked to a 1-0 lead. Alexi Amarista provided the spark for that early lead with a 1 out triple. After a second strong inning from Marquis, Logan Forsythe announced his return to the majors with authority bombing a solo shot into the visitor's bullpen in that 2nd frame. Marquis then breezed through the next two innings (that's 4 shutout innings to start the game, for those keeping count) and in the bottom of the fifth Quentin and Blanks singled to precede a Will Venable blast into the new Jack Daniels Deck in right field. The Padres were off to a 5-0 lead after 4 innings behind solid pitching and some power hitting.

The rest of the game was mostly all Braves. Atlanta got their first run in the 5th, but Marquis wiggled his way out of the 6th and 7th after giving up doubles in each inning. The defense also played really well to help the Marquis' wiggles. The Padres got back two in the 7th to make it 7-1, but the Braves pushed back with a Jason Heyward dinger the next inning. Marquis ended up leaving that inning with 7 2/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 5 BB and 4 Ks. Tommy Layne got a strikeout to finish the 8th before turning the ball over to Tim Stauffer in the 9th. Things did not go well in the ninth.

Two singles followed by an Evan Gattis 3 run homer made it a 7-5 game and forced manager Bud Black to make a change. With only one out this was statistically a save situation, but interim closer Luke Gregerson was unavailable due to overuse so the game was left in Dale Thayer's hands. A fly out to center field put the game one out away, but Jason Heyward would get a say and hit a fence-clearer to make it a one run game. With memories of a Gregerson's blown save in Denver still fresh in fans' minds Thayer would have to former NL West foe Justin Upton in order to end the game. End the game he did with a cherry on top as Upton stared at strike three. Totally fooled. The Padres came away totally winners.

It's nice to win the first game of a series against a first place club.


Final - 6.10.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Atlanta Braves 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 6 9 0
San Diego Padres 1 1 0 3 0 0 2 0 X 7 8 0
WP: Jason Marquis (8 - 2)
SV: Dale Thayer (1)
LP: Julio Teheran (4 - 3)

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