Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4: Grandal Outshines Postgame Fireworks

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The Padres reached .500 for the first time since April 10, 2011 thanks to Yasmani Grandal's three run blast.

The Padres launched some fireworks tonight to celebrate their 10th season at Petco Park, but the biggest blast of the night came from Yasmani Grandal. His first home run of the season was the deciding factor in tonight's victory over the Diamondbacks. This is not only the team's fifth win in a row, it's their fifth win in a row against a first place team. They have a .500 record for the first time in over two years and are in striking distance of first place. You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?

It didn't start well. After retiring the first two batters with uncomfortably long fly balls, Jason Marquis walked Paul Goldschmidt and then gave up a home run to Miguel Montero. He recovered nicely in the next two innings, but slipped again in the third. Two walks and a single left Marquis with the bases loaded and only one out. Cliff Pennington would bring Cody Ross home, leaving the good guys down 3-0. Of course, it could have been worse if Logan Forsythe hadn't done this in the third:

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As if the early pitching struggles weren't bad enough, Wade Miley hadn't allowed a hit through the first three innings. Everth Cabrera turned that around with a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth. He went to third when Didi Gregorious couldn't field Chris Denorfia's hit cleanly. Then Chase Headley picked up the first Padre RBI of the night with a single. A fielder's choice put runners at the corners for Forsythe's sacrifice fly. With the gap narrowed to a single run, Jesus Guzman picked up a single to put runners on the corners yet again. And that's when Yasmani Grandal served up this game-winning blast:

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Meanwhile, Marquis recovered well, sending the Diamondbacks down in order in the fifth and sixth innings. But just to make sure he stayed in the win column, Kyle Blanks launched this firework in the sixth:

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Marquis would leave the game with two outs in the seventh, having allowed three hits and four walks but escaping with minimal damage. Joe Thatcher and Dale Thayer held the line until Huston Street entered to pick up his first save since returning from the disabled list. Huston let in a run on two hits, but it didn't matter. The Padres won, and now they're back at .500. The rest of the division should be scared, because we have our sights set on them.

Clayton Richard goes for the sweep against the headhunting Ian Kennedy tomorrow at 1:10 PM.


34 - 34

3

Won 5

98



Final - 6.15.2013 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
San Diego Padres 0 0 0 5 0 1 0 0 X 6 7 0
WP: Jason Marquis (9 - 2)
SV: Huston Street (12)
LP: Wade Miley (4 - 6)

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