Will Venable started the game off with a single to right field. Seriously. It’s like he has nothing better to do than get on base. America’s Finest City’s Sweetheart is just unstoppable. Well, almost unstoppable. A ground ball from Alexi Amarista causes Will to no longer be on the bases. With Amarista on 1st, Chase Headley continued his success with a single to put Padres at the corners. Jesus Guzman was unable to get that clutch hit we always desire and the inning comes to an end.
Burch Smith, the rookie, came out strong against the Braves. He only need to use 7 pitches to sit the Braves down 1-2-3 in an inning that included a strikeout of Justin Upton.
The Braves made Smith work a bit harder to sit them down in order again. In 11 pitches, Smith retired the side and struck another batter, Chris Johnson.
15 pitches were needed for Burch Smith to retire the side again. Though, the extra pitches allowed for 2 strikeouts in the inning with Eliot Johnson and BJ Upton going down swinging.
4th InningSmith records the first 2 outs of the inning via the almighty strikeout. Shortly thereafter, he allowed his first base runner of the day with a walk to Freddie Freeman. Evan Gattis could not capitalize on it as he struck out to end the inning and give Smith his 7th K of the game.
Smith walks his second batter of the game, but escapes the inning by retiring the next 3 batters in order.
Sunday Runday is in full effect now. Will Venable singles with one out and steals second during Jedd Gyorko’s at-bat. Gyorko saluted the effort with a single to score him from second base and give the Padres THE LEAD. Next up, Chase Headley.
Headley is on a tear right now. I mean, the Padres brought up Tommy Medica and Headley clicked it into overdrive to show he’s still got the skills. Well, he does. On a 3-2 count, Headley gets the bat around and sends the ball over the wall in right field for a 2 run homer. 3 straight games with a home run to right field. Those bleachers have become the place to be if you want a souvenir from Chase Headley.
Like every pitcher in San Diego Padres history, their no-hit bid had to end sometime. And for Burch Smith, that time is now. A single up the middle for pitcher Julio Teheran puts a number in the H column for the Braves. After a strikeout of Jordan Schafer, Smith surrendered a single to Justin Upton. Smith was able to get out of the inning with a flyout and his 9th strikeout of the game.
Tommy Medica, the rookie sensation, is still making his presence known. It is his 5th game in the major leagues and what better way to celebrate a milestone like that than with your 2nd career home run. A drive to left field that manages to stay fair puts a 4th run on the scoreboard for San Diego and gives Medica his 3rd RBI in 5 games.
After a Ronny Cedeno flyout, Nick Hundley reached 1st on an infield single. He was forced out at second on a bunt by Burch Smith. Will Venable doubled to left field, but Smith was not able to get around the bases to score. A walk to Chris Denorfia loads the bases, but Jedd Gyorko goes down swinging to end the rally.
Chris Johnson got an infield single, but he never left the base. 3 straight outs capped off by Burch Smith’s 10th and final strikeout of the game ended the inning for the Braves. Smith looked incredible today. Smith turned in 7 strong innings in which he allowed only 3 hits and 2 walks to go along with his career high 10 strikeouts on 95 pitches.
Nick Vincent entered the game for Burch Smith and did not disappoint. He sat the Braves down in order while coming up with 2 strikeouts in the inning.
Nick Hundley led off the inning with a booming double to the left field wall. However, the soon to be retired Mark Kotsay, Will Venable, and Chirs Denorfia could not get Nick home to score the run.
Huston Street made his way out to the mound for a non-save opportunity. Freddie Freeman was the first batter and clocked a hard hit over the head of Medica down the right field line for a double. Evan Gattis came up and hit a pop up in foul territory that was caught by Nick Hundley for the first out. Chris Johnson batted next and he grounds to Medica for the 2nd out while moving Freeman to 3rd. Andrelton Simmons batted next and batted last. Huston Street got Simmons to strike out swinging to secure the shutout, the win, and the series.
PADRES WIN 4-0
Incredible game for the Padres today on both sides of the ball. The pitching was as good as it can get today. Smith's 10 strikeouts led the way and the bullpen allowed only 1 baserunner and struck out 3 in the game's final 2 innings. Nothing better than a Happy Flight after Sunday Runday.
Tomorrow, the Padres head to Pittsburgh for a chance to play spoiler in the Pirates postseason plans. Andrew Cashner takes the mound in the opening game against AJ Burnett at 4:05pm. Win those games, Padres!
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