Let's start with some good news. The Padres picked up a season high 15 hits and 6 runs tonight. Eight of those hits were for extra bases, with a whopping 6 doubles, a triple, and a home run (off the bat of Xavier Nady, no less). Here's the bad news: Everything else. Of the 8 runs the Indians scored, only 3 were earned. And then there were the pair of errors from Jedd Gyorko and Tyson Ross, not to mention the 5 walks Ross allowed.
It started in the third, when Ross walked Yan Gomes and David Murphy to lead off the inning. Gomes advanced to third on a passed ball. Gyorko's throwing error scored Gomes, put Murphy on third, and let Nyjer Morgan get all the way to second. A ground out and a sacrifice fly scored them both. Three runs, no hits required.
Singles from Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandal set the stage for Gyorko's 2 RBI double in the top of the fourth to keep the Padres in it, but those runs didn't go unanswered. In the bottom half of the inning, Asdrubal Cabrera reached first when Ross missed the catch while covering the base. A single off the bat of Lonnie Chisenhall put two on for Murphy to launch a shot to right field.
The offense tried to keep the game close again in the top of the sixth with a pair of doubles from Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko. Once again, the runs did not go unanswered. Gomes hit a ground rule double off of Ross, who was then replaced with Tim Stauffer. Stauffer failed to make some [expletive] pitches, as a double from Murphy and a single from Morgan scored the Indians' 7th and 8th runs of the day.
The Friars tried to mount a comeback in the ninth, and they made a real show of it. Nady hit a leadoff homer, then Chris Denorfia hit a one out triple. With two outs, Deno scored and Yonder Alonso reached first on an error. Alonso moved to second on defensive indifference, before scoring on Grandal's fourth hit of the night. In case you were wondering, the guy who had ACL injury in August is now batting .500 on the season. Unfortunately, the rally died there.
Eric Stults and Robbie Erlin will go back to back in tomorrow's double-header in an effort to win the series. We'll see you here bright and early tomorrow at 9:05 AM.
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