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Padres 5, Cardinals 3: The Curse of the Green Walls Is Over

Padres offense provides the runs and the bullpen secures the win to end the 10 game road losing streak and the Curse of the Green Walls.

Dilip Vishwanat
The Padres take the field behind the pitching of Edinson Volquez to face the Cardinals and Lance Lynn. As I have said regularly, the Padres have not fared well playing in stadiums with green walls. Actually, 10 straight losses. Time to get the first road win since June 28th.

1st Inning

Chase Headley singles to left. Carlos Quentin comes up and probably gave Lynn an intimidating look because he got walked. Jedd Gyorko strolls to the plate and puts that bat in action and the ball in play. An RBI single gives the Padres THE LEAD.

Edinson Volquez was perfect.


2nd Inning

Center Fielder extraordinaire Alexi Amarista singles. Nick Hundley used the Carlos Quentin eye stare and gets walked. Edinson Volquez is useful with a sacrifice bunt. All Star Everth Cabrera provides a run via the sacrifice fly.

Edinson Volquez was perfect.


3rd Inning

Yonder Alonso singles. Will Venable singles. Alexi Amarista walks. Nick Hundley comes up to the plate with the bases loaded. A wild pitch brings Yonder home to score for the Padres. Hundley then proceeds to make contact with the ball. His bat breaks and he scurries down the line as the ball gently rolls towards David Freese. The throw was good, but the first baseman forgot to have his foot on the bag and Nick Hundley reaches 1st and scores another run.

Edinson Volquez was perfect.


4th Inning

Edinson Volquez isn’t perfect. He issues a walk to Matt Carpenter, a single to Jon Jay, has a wild pitch, gives up a single to Allen Craig that scores the runners and loses the shutout.


5th Inning

Freese and Descalso each get a single. A wild pitch puts them in scoring position. Brock Peterson, making his ML debut, grounds out to Everth and Freese scores from 3rd.


6th Inning

Alexi Amarista gets on base for the 3rd time with a walk. Nick Hundley reaches base with a walk. There’s a lot of walking going on and it is making this game take FOREVER. 2 and a half hours in right now. Unfortunately, three outs get recorded before the baserunners can cross the plate.

Edinson Volquez’s night is over. 5 inning pitched. He recorded 1 strikeout, gave up 1 walk, allowed 4 hits for 3 ER. At least he wasn’t as bad as Lynn who allowed 6 hits, 3 walks, and 4 ER while recording only one strikeout.

Nick Vincent entered the game and put the Cardinals down 1-2-3.

7th Inning

Dale Thayer enters the game. Cardinals ground into a double play. Game has reached the 3 hour mark.

9th Inning

3 and a half hours into the game, the Padres decide to start scoring again. Chase Headley singles to left field and Carlos Quentin outdoes that with a double off the base of the wall to score Headley.


Huston Street enters the game to go for the save. He strikes out Allen Craig for out #1. Yadier Molina grounds out for the second out. Matt Adams flies out to Quentin to end the game.


Padres have finally won a game in a stadium with green walls for the first time since last month. The curse is over. The road losing streak is over. Tomorrow, the Padres look to win their first series since June 14-16 against the Diamondbacks. Eric Stults will face Adam Wainwright at 11:15 tomorrow morning. Get ready to brunch things up!

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