The Padres opened tonight's game with a moving tribute to the first responders who saved countless lives and homes battling last week's fires in North County. It was a lovely gesture, especially in front of a sold out ballpark. It would have been even better if those first responders had gotten to see a decent ballgame, but after last night's offensive explosion, the team went right back to their hitless ways.
Spot starter Billy Buckner managed to cruise through the first two innings, and worked out of a jam in the third inning. But there was only so long he could hold off the Cubs. A one-out walk to Luis Valbuena proved costly as back to back singles by Welington Castillo and Nate Schierholtz brought him around to give Chicago a 1-0 lead. Valbuena struck again in the sixth, hitting a solo shot into the right field stands. Schierholtz followed that with a two-out double. Buckner intentionally walked Darwin Barney to bring up pitcher Travis Wood... who promptly hit an RBI single. That was it for the Padres starter, as Bud Black brought in Nick Vincent to finish out the inning. Vincent, along with Alex Torres and Dale Thayer shut down the Cubs for the rest of the game.
The Friars finally got on board in the eighth, when Yasmani Grandal drew a walk to bring up the pitcher's spot. Carlos Quentin, groin healed, stepped up to the plate and hammered yet another pinch hit homer. And that was it for the home team. They'll go for the split behind Ian Kennedy at 1:10 PM tomorrow.
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