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Padres Clock In, Beat Royals 9-5

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Teamwork and togetherness was the theme of the day as nine Padres each drove in one run apiece in San Diego's 9-5 win over Kansas City. After the Friars jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, starting pitcher Ian Kennedy gave the Royals a trio of runs on a pair of homers in the second. Johnny Barbato took over and surrendered an unearned pair in the third, allowing the Royals to narrow the gap to 7-5. That was as close as Kansas City would get, however, as Robbie Erlin stated his case for the fifth spot in the rotation with five shutout innings.

The Padres have Thursday off, all the better for your basketball viewing pleasure, I suppose. They'll be back in action on Friday with Arizona in their rear-view mirror, but more about that then.

Top Performers:

Robbie Erlin, P: 5 IP, 0 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K

Everth Cabrera, SS: 1-2, 2 BB, R, RBI

Yonder Alonso, 1B: 3-4, 2 R, RBI

Alexi Amarista, CF: 1-2, R, RBI

Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable doubled, and Rene Rivera had an RBI single in his only plate appearance. Our old pal Pedro Ciriaco went 2-3 with a run and an RBI for Kansas City.

Roll Call Info
Total comments 97
Total commenters 8
Commenter list Axion, B Cres, Darklighter, TheThinGwynn, Thelonious_Friar, Wonko, jbox, jodes0405
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Wonko led with 35 comments. Thelonious_Friar was nipping on his heels with 32, and Darklighter took third place with 18. I fell asleep in the second inning and only made three comments, but still led the thread with three recs.