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Game Thread: 8/6 Padres @ Pirates

You know what's fun? When our Padres have a game like yesterday's and everyone thinks it's hiLARious to make the "save some runs for tomorrow" joke. Like, everyone. FYI, it's not.

In yesterday's series opener, our Padres scattered 15 hits throughout the game. So did the Pirates. The difference was that we, uncharacteristically, were able to score our baserunners and won the game 15-5. The first few innings were very back-and-forth. The teams took turns leading and tying the game until the fourth inning when our boys went H.A.M. for six runs off Pittsburgh starter Jeff Karstens. Will Venable and Kyle Blanks started off the inning with back-to-back leadoff singles and Luis Martinez drove in Will with another single. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded and one out, our savior Chase Headley hit a bomb to center field for a grand slam. We scored four more runs in the game after that while shutting out the Pirates.

Today we will look to Cory Luebke to lead us to our first series win since sweeping the Marlins July 19th - 21st. The Pirates were right in their divisoin race not too long ago, but they've gone 1-9 in their last ten games. They are trying to make another push to the top of the standings, but our Padres are here to ruin things for them. Luebke has lost his last three starts, but hopes to get back on the winning track today against Pittsburgh. The lefty started with a 2-1 record after joining the starting rotation in June, but has since gone 1-5. He looks to turn it around against the Pirates today, and hopefully our offense has some runs left in them after yesterday (ugh, now you've got ME doing it).

Paul Maholm will take the mound for the Pirates. Maholm has been struggling lately, and in his last start he gave up four runs to the Cubs. Also, the Pirates have had trouble giving up home runs lately. In their last four games, they've surrendered 15 homers which have translated to 22 total runs. If we can string some hits together like yesterday, manufacture some runs, and maybe throw in a home run or two, I have confidence that we can come out of this with a win.


Current Series

Padres lead the series 1-0

Fri 08/05 WP: Aaron Harang (10 - 3)
LP: Jeff Karstens (8 - 6)
15 - 5 win

San Diego Padres
@ Pittsburgh Pirates

Saturday, Aug 6, 2011, 4:05 PM PDT
PNC Park

Cory Luebke vs Paul Maholm

Partly cloudy,rain. Winds blowing in from right field at 5-10 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 80.

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Sun 08/07 10:35 AM PDT