Will Venable has been pretty good on the offensive side of the game these days, right? But, it's been a while since we've seen his defense show itself. Well, America's Finest City's Sweetheart never aims to disappoint. On a hard hit ball to center, he goes horizontal for the 1st out.
Eliot Johnson was not as psyched about the catch though.
Tommy Medica continues his successful streak of games. A single in the inning gives him a hit in each of his 4 career games. Pretty good start to this baseball job.
With BJ Upton on 1st base, Robbie Erlin threw to 1st on pickoff attempt. The ball bounces on the base path. Medica drops to his knee, takes the ball off his chest hockey goalie style, picks it up, and throws it to 2nd to get Upton out stealing. Medica does it all.
Somebody has to start leading sometime. Like last night, the Braves struck first. After singles from Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman, Robbie Erlin was able to record 2 outs. However, Chris Johnson would not suffer the same fate. A single to left scores the first run of the ballgame.
Freddie Freeman homers to push the lead to 2 runs.
Comeback time? It nearly was. Like last night, Chase Headley was tasked to face a new reliever with the Padres on the brink. And like last night, he connects with a deep fly ball to right field for a home run. But, this time, there was no tie. Headley's home run puts a run on the board. Unfortunately, no one could come up with the winning hits before the 3rd out was recorded.
Tough game, but Robbie Erlin had a good outing. He went 6 innings and collected the quality start by only allowing those 2 runs on 8 hits. He walked only 1 batter while striking out 2. Tomorrow, the Padres look to take the 2nd series from the Braves this year when Burch Smith takes on Julio Teheran at 10:35am. Breakfast baseball for the masses. Win tomorrow, Padres!
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