Chris Denorfia is good. Real good. His goodness makes you say “my goodness”. Case in point? Chris Denorfia led off the game with a home run to straight away center over the numbers on the wall on the 2nd pitch of the game. Just like that, the Padres have THE LEAD.
Pagan led off the inning with a double and later in the inning, Sandoval tied the game with a double of his own.
Everyone Has 1
Perez got an infield single, then the man with the new $90 million dollar deal got a 2 run home run to give the Giants the lead.
The Padres could not be held down forever. It only took 2 outs in the 4th to light a fire under them. Chase Headley doubled to left and Tommy Medica would single him home to get the Padres to within 1 run. Then, the man who owns this park came up to bat. “Home Run” Jesus Guzman came up to the plate and sent the ball over the left field fence to give the Padres back THE LEAD. Guzman has had 9 home runs this season. All of them were hit on the road. Jesus “Road Warrior” Guzman. Oh, what a rush.
The hits didn’t stop though. Alexi Amarista and Chris Robinson each singled to get on base for Eric Stults who produced a single of his own to score the 4th run of the inning for the Padres on 6 consecutive hits.
Eric Stults pitched his final inning of the game. 7 innings of good pitching today from Stults. On the year, Stults finishes with over 200 innings pitched.He gave up 7 hits and 3 ER while allowing no walks and recording 3 strikeouts today.
Will Venable, America’s Finest City’s Sweetheart, led off the inning with a pinch hit double. In a move that was very unexpected, Yonder Alonso was brought in to pinch run. He’d be put to work quick after Chris Denorfia singled to center and Alonso was forced to hustle all the way home and avoid the tag to score the run. Denorfia seized the day and stole third before Reymond Fuentes would single him home. Fuentes took 2nd on a wild pitch, but that would not matter in the least. Jedd Gyorko took his place in the batter’s box and made his mark on the baseball. Jedd sends the ball over the wall for a 2 run shot. Gyorko’s 22nd home run ties him with Venable for the team lead in home runs. The Padres were able to load the bases with 2 outs on 2 singles and an error, but a strikeout ended the run parade. Just like the last one, 6 hits gave the Padres 4 runs in the inning.
Nick Vincent entered the game to close it out for the Padres. The inning began with an infield single and an advance to second on an error by Amarista. Vincent sat the next man down when Pill popped out. Vincent then surrendered a walk before striking out Blanco for the 2nd out. An infield single for Pagan loaded the bases, but Belt struck out to end the inning and the game.
PADRES WIN 9-3
The Padres played very well today by winning the home run battle under the sun. Stults took control after giving up the home run in the 3rd inning and kept the Giants at bay to give him his 11th win of the season as the Padres regain sole possession of third place. Tomorrow, the Padres take the field for the final game of the season. Tyson Ross will face Matt Cain for some more afternoon baseball.
Win tomorrow, Padres!
Take the game, take the series.
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