It's the bottom of the eighth inning at Petco Park. Alexi Amarista and Rene Rivera are on base with nobody out. It's well after 8 PM, which we all know is the magical cutoff time for hitting home runs here. Ian Kennedy's spot in the order has come up, and Bud Black has plenty of options on the bench. Instead of opting for Jesus Guzman or Mark Kotsay, he sends Chris Robinson to the plate. Robinson is a 29 year old career minor leaguer who has 5 at bats to his name. He took a 2-0 pitch deep to left field.
It was the third Padre home run of the night, and all were hit by rookies. Tommy Medica hit the third home run of his short career with a solo shot to right center, dropping it right on the beach. It tied the game at 2 in the bottom of the 4th. In the very next inning, Jedd Gyorko crushed his 21st blast of the year to the upper deck in left field. He now leads all rookies. Those three homers would have been more than enough to carry the day for the Padres, but they were only responsible for half of the 12 runs scored.
Chris Denorfia and Chase Headley both went 3 for 5, racking up 5 RBI between them. Rene Rivera went 3 for 4 with an RBI. In total, the team went 14 for 38 with 3 walks and hit an impressive 4 for 10 with runners in scoring position. The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, could not get a handle on their former teammate, picking up 6 hits and a walk while striking out 7 times in Kennedy's 7 innings pitched. They fared no better against Dale Thayer and Brad Boxberger, who threw two perfect innings to wrap things up.
Tomorrow is your last chance to catch a game at Petco Park this season, and it should be a good one. Robbie Erlin will go for the series win against Trevor Cahill at 3:40 PM. Our own Bobby Cressey will be playing the organ, so head on out and keep him company!
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|WP: Ian Kennedy (7 - 10)
LP: Randall Delgado (5 - 7)
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