After a nice little ceremony for Mariano Rivera, the Padres got down to business and commenced to beating New York 7-2 in the Yankees' first game at Petco Park. Andrew Cashner improved to 8-5 and helped his own cause on the offensive side for the second game in a row, singling and scoring a run. He was also backed by three home runs in what was a real team effort; all seven of the Padres' runs were scored by different players.
The Yankees' second and third batters hit back-to-back singles with one out in the top of the first but Andrew Cashner stranded them on the corners. Everth Cabrera and Chris Denorfia hit two singles of their own to kick off the Padres' half. A ground ball fielder's choice moved Evy to third and put Chase Headley on first. Jesus Guzman then walked to fill the bases. Yonder Alonso did the same thing to bring Cabrera home with the lead. After that Jedd Gyorko grounded out to bring in another run, giving the Padres an early 2-0 lead.
Ichiro led off the second inning with a single, stole second, and came in on an Eduardo Nunez double. Nunez moved to third and scored on a pair of ground ball outs before Brett Gardner lined the short for the third out. Everth singled and took second on a throwing error by chosen one Derek Jeter with two outs in the bottom of the inning but got caught trying to steal third, leaving the game tied at twos.
After a 1-2-3 third by Cashner, Chase Headley picked up a double but got cut down trying to score on a single by Yonder. Cashner set 'em down 1-2-3 again in the fourth, and Big Logan Forsythe got the lead back in the bottom of the inning with a solo shot, his fourth homer of the year. Cashner did his part to help his own cause by hitting a single and was immediately rewarded when Everth Cabrera hit his fifth triple of the year to widen the score to 4-2.
[Note by jodes0405, 08/02/13 10:46 PM PDT Forsythe's homer.]
Cashner allowed a single to begin the top of the fifth but nothing became of it. Jesus Guzman singled with one out in the bottom of the inning but nothing became of that either. Fast Money allowed another single in the sixth but got out unscathed once again. Nick Hundley walked in the bottom of the inning and Evy singled him over with two outs for his fourth hit of the game. Norf was on the scene like a hit machine to drive Hundley home and drive Sabathia out of the game.
Young Money went back out to the hill for the seventh with a 5-2 lead and, like he did the previous two innings, allowed one consequence-free single. Jedd Gyorko gave him another run in the bottom of the inning with his ninth homer of the season, his first since June 7. I almost looked that up on BR but I figured Corey Brock was already all over it so I checked Twitter and sure enough, it was the first thing I saw. The man is good at what he does.
After Gyorko's homer stretched the lead to four, Forsythe walked and moved to second when Hundley reached on a fielder's (poor) choice. Mark Kotsay came in to end Cashner's night and got on base on another fielder's choice before Everth ended the inning with his first hitless plate appearance of the game. Andy Cash finished with seven hits and no walks in his seven innings, allowing two earned runs and striking out an uncharacteristically low two batters. He was very democratic with his 97 pitches.
Luke Gregerson came in for the eighth inning and retired the side with ten pitches, notching a K in the process. In the bottom of the inning, Will Venable added to the solo homer parade with his thirteenth shot of the year to make it 7-2.
Tim Stauffer got the call for the ninth and echoed Gregerson's performance to hammer in the final nail.
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