Ugh. Edinson Volquez. Might as well not even watch the game, am I right? I'm sure that's what a lot of people said tonight. I'm sure plenty of people turned it off after the Padres starter imploded in spectacular fashion, allowing six runs before retiring a single Cub. Game over, man, game over. So if you missed Tim Stauffer take over after after the only two outs Volquez picked up, it's understandable. But you missed something astonishing. With Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable leading the way, the Padres put up eight runs, including three home runs. The bullpen did their part, too, throwing 8.1 scoreless innings, giving up just five hits and a walk while striking out eight.
The comeback started in the fourth inning when Venable and Alonso hit a pair of singles. Then Gyorko got the team back in the game with his first homer of the night. Two more came home in the fifth when Venable's bases clearing triple scored Logan Forsythe and Nick Hundley. Then, with Chase Headley in scoring position, Forsythe tripled and it was officially a ballgame again. Venable came up big again in the seventh, crushing his team-leading 18th home run to deep right field. Against all odds, the Padres were in the lead. Not to be outdone, Gyorko hit his second home run of the night to the Jack Deck in the eighth, giving Huston Street a little breathing room.
That was a great game, but I hope there's a little less drama when Eric Stults takes on Jeff Samardzija at 5:40 PM tomorrow.
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|WP: Nick Vincent (3 - 1)
SV: Huston Street (25)
LP: James Russell (1 - 5)