Ian Kennedy made quick work of the Yankees with a ground out, a pop up, and line out.
Everth Cabrera started off the inning with a strikeout. Bad start to what people say will be his last Sunday Runday this year. Later in the inning, Chase Headley singled to right field to continue his climb to greatness once again. Yonder “Always Single” Alonso came up empty to end the inning. His 7 game hit streak is in danger.
Curtis Granderson drew a walk, but Ian Kennedy made sure that would not make a difference in the inning. Kennedy recorded his first Padre K as he got Lyle Overbay to miss strike 3. Eduardo Nunez would follow that up by grounding into a double play.
Sunday Runday has begun. Will Venable, the man of the people, singled to center and used his legs to steal 2nd base. Chris Denorfia singled to right field and the Padres had runners on the corners. Next batter was professional hitter Mark Kotsay. So, like the pro he is, he sent a fly ball to center deep enough to score Venable and give the Padres THE LEAD. Nick Hundley was then walked by Hughes. Kennedy bunted the runners over for Everth Cabera to come through with a single to center that scored both Denorfia and Hundley. However, EC would end the inning when he was caught stealing.
The Padres run parade continues. Alexi Amarista singled his way onto the basepaths. Headley must have given Hughes “The Look” because he was walked. Once again, Yonder Alonso is without a hit after a ground out, but at least he was the only one out on the play. Will Venable was intentionally walked so Hughes could face The Norfia. Who does that? Why would you want to face him in that situation with only one out? You know he’s going to hit the ball. He just didn’t hit it with the power that could have done serious damage. A sacrifice fly to center scores Amarista from third. Mark Kotsay used his bat, Old Reliable…or is he Old Reliable? Well, right now both he and his bat were Old Reliable because a single to center gives him his 2nd RBI of the game and gives the Padres a 5 run lead. After the hit, Joe Girardi had seen enough and Phil Hughes’ day was put to an end.
Ian Kennedy continued to sit Yankees down via the 3 strikes rule by getting Alfonso Soriano and Lyle Overbay out swinging. After four innings, his K total increased to 5.
Everth Cabera continued to provide us with images to remember him by with a double to the porch in right field. Chase Headley then gave us something that we hope to continue seeing by singling in the 6th run of the day for the Padres.
After a strikeout of Brent Lillibridge and a fly out by Ichiro, the Yankees began a run scoring rally. Two straight walks to Cano and Soriano brought Granderson to the plate. For the second day in a row, Granderson drives in an RBI. A single to right scores Cano from 2nd base. Lyle Overbay then singled the center and scored Soriano from third base. After giving up the runs, Bud Black came out to the mound and gave Ian Kennedy the rest of the afternoon off. 5 and two-thirds innings with 6 strikeouts was a good display by Kennedy. Though he only gave up 4 hits, the 4 walks he surrendered were a factor in his allowing 2 ER.
Nick Vincent came into the game to get Nunez to ground into a fielder’s choice for the out at second. And it wasn’t the typical out either. Everth Cabrera showed off his defensive skills with a great grab on the run and a toss to 2nd to get the out.
His D can not fail.
After getting the pinch hitter Brent Gardner to strike out, Dale Thayer gave up a home run to the bullpen in center to Austin Romine. Thayer maintained his composure and retired the next 2 batters to keep the game at a 3 run differential.
Will Venable is a magic man. He showed bunt. The ball hit the bat and it went about 12 feet up and 12 feet forward. As Boone Logan ran from the mound to recover it after the ball met the grass, it rolled from his grasp. It was quite magical. That’s baseball. Oh, and to rub it in that he got a single, he went ahead and stole second base too. As a sad sidenote, Yonder Alonso popped out in the inning and ended his 7 game hit streak.
Here it is. It’s Saving Time. Huston Street is in the game to record the save and finish off the game. Eduardo Nunez sent a pitch back to Street that couldn’t be handled and rolled away slow enough that Everth could not make a play on for a single. Brett Gardner then stepped to the plate and worked the count to 2-2 before he watched strike 3 cross the plate for out #1. A wild pitch by Street while facing Romine advanced Nunez to 2nd, but a walk to Romine put 2 runners on. Brent Lillibridge batted next and walked away after striking out swinging for out #2. Pinch hitter Vernon Wells entered the game and exited after also swinging for the 3rd strike.
PADRES WIN 6-3
Ian Kennedy pitches a strong game behind a great output of Padres runs today. For the Padres to win 4 straight series' is quite the accomplishment. To get #5, the Padres will have to sweep the Baltimore Orioles starting Tuesday because it will only be a 2 game series. Edinson Volquez is slated to take on Bud Norris starting at 7:10 on Tuesday. Keep the good times going!
THIRD PLACE PADRES!
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