Game did not start out as swimmingly as last night’s did. Maybe that will be a good thing. Despite singles from Chris Denorfia and Jedd Gyorko, the Padres could not get a run scoring session going with 3 strikeouts in the inning recorded by rookie pitcher David Hale.
As I’m sure you surmised from that last sentence, Kennedy has a no hitter going on. Well, it’s gone. Justin Upton ended Kennedy’s no hit bid and shut out with a solo home run. Soon after, Brian McCann connects with a 2 run home run to bring the lead to 3 for the Braves.
Kennedy allowed 2 straight singles to start the inning. He was able to record the first out with a strikeout of Evan Gattis. Brian McCann was next up. He’d already homered tonight and looked to do more damage with 2 runners on base. McCann sent a rocket back at Kennedy, who was able to snag it before it took him out and a soft toss to 2nd gets the 3rd out on the dramatic double play.
Have we started the fire? Tommy Medica, the Padre of History, singled to start the inning. Ronny Cedeno matched that with a single. Rene Rivera matched that with a single as well. Know what that means? Means the bases are loaded for Jesus Guzman. The last time I can remember Jesus up with the bases loaded, he hit a pinch hit grand slam against the Rays.. Well, everyone… he didn’t hit a grand slam. He got an infield single to score Medica. 1 run on the board.
Chris Denorfia tried his luck and got a sacrifice fly to score the 2nd run in this Padres comeback. The fire rises.
Before you knew it, Chase Headley made his presence known. He’s been a bit invisible this season. But with one swing, the bright lights were on him. Headley sent a Jordan Walden pitch to deep right field to tie the game!
Tommy Medica would draw a walk later in the inning and get to second on a wild pitch. With Medica in scoring position, Logan Forsythe would strike while the iron was hot. A shot to center drops and Medica dashes the final 180 feet to score for the Padres and give them THE LEAD.
Huston Street was called upon to save the game for the Padres. He made it look easy. It wasn't even fair for the Braves. Street needed only 6 pitches to send the Braves back to the dugout with the loss and he records his 30th save of the year. Yeah, he's got 30 of those.
PADRES WIN 4-3
This was a great game. Ian Kennedy looked very good at the beginning. Yes, giving up 3 runs in an inning may look bad, but the Padres offense was able to put together hits and make the pitchers work until they had gotten the upper hand. Tomorrow, the Padres look to remain undefeated against the Braves this year when they send Robbie Erlin to the mound against Kris Medlen at 4:05pm.
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