After last night's offensive explosion, the Padres must have been out of runs, because that's totally how it works haha right? Well, Seth Smith would like to have a word with you. The stud went 3-4 with a walk and a homer, missing the cycle by just a single. On the whole, the lineup went a whopping 13-36, drawing 8 walks while only striking out 6 times (and only 4 of those Ks came from position players). The pitching was top notch, too: Eric Stults only gave up 2 runs on 6 hits in his 6 innings.
Things started a little rough, though. Reed Johnson led off the game with a single, which didn't seem like a big deal when Stults retired the next two batters. Unfortunately, Stults couldn't stop Casey McGehee from homering to deep center. Will Venable returned the favor with a leadoff single of his own, and then Smith narrowed the gap with an RBI triple. The Stauppleganger evened things up two innings later with a homer of his own.
That tie held until the sixth inning, when Everth Cabrera got a two out rally started on a bunt single. He didn't sit at first for long, taking second base for his seventh steal of the year. He got an extra base when Jarrod Saltalamacchia's throw was as wide as his name is long. Already burned by Smith, the Marlins gave the slugger a free base, hoping Jedd Gyorko was tired from his grand slam the night before. He wasn't. His single brought Cabrera home and Chase Headley to the plate. Chase celebrated his return to the lineup with a three-run shot to right field.
The fish got a run back in the seventh with a pair of doubles from Jeff Baker and Reed Johnson. That was all for their offense, but the Padres were far from done. Chris Denorfia drew a walk in the bottom of the seventh, and was shortly joined by Cabrera. That set Smith up for his third hit of the night, a two-run double. Just for good measure, Yonder Alonso added one more run in the eighth, hitting an RBI single to bring Headley home from second.
With the bats looking well and truly awake, Robbie Erlin will go for the series win tomorrow at 1:10 PM. Here's to Sunday Runday!
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