Beating the Giants has always come easy to the Padres. So it was no surprise when Mat Latos made a quality and effortless start. He barely worked up a sweat, due to the gentle breeze created by the opposing Giants' bats.
The Padres took an early lead thanks to Jesus Guzman and Kyle Blanks, then took the lead again for good in the 9th courtesy of Nick Hundley and Alberto Gonzalez.
The Giants don't seem to be a real contender this year in the NL West race. Now a full 2 games out of first place, it looks like they'll just have to be satisfied to play spoiler from here on out. Pretty much everybody in baseball saw their collapse coming, it was just a matter of time.
You have to tip your cap to them though, they looked like they really believed they might have a chance to take the lead in the 8th inning. The Padres middle relief still hasn't found their stride after the loss of Mike Adams. In turn, the Giants sounded a brief death rattle before finally collapsing in defeat. Heath Bell collected his 35th save.
With this win the Padres leap frogged the Dodgers and now hold sole possesion of 4th place.
|Final - 8.23.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|San Diego Padres||1||2||1||0||0||0||1||0||2||7||9||2|
|San Francisco Giants||0||0||0||0||0||2||0||3||0||5||8||3|
|WP: Erik Hamren (1 - 0)
SV: Heath Bell (35)
LP: Ramon Ramirez (2 - 2)