The Padres managed to salvage a series split today thanks to a sixth inning rally and another quality start from Ian Kennedy. The game looked like a pitchers duel, with Kennedy and Cubs starter Jason Hammel shutting down the offense on both sides for 5 straight innings. When Junior Lake took Kennedy deep to left field in the top of the sixth, it seemed like the game might be over then and there. The Friars had other plans, and they came out in the bottom of the sixth swinging.
Tommy Medica led off the inning with a pinch single, advancing to second when Everth Cabrera drew a walk. Will Venable's bunt didn't go as planned, with Medica out at third, but the tying run was still in scoring position with just one out. Seth Smith drew another walk to load things up for Chase Headley, who hit a game-tying sacrifice fly. That was it for Hammel, who was replaced by LOOGY James Russell. Bud Black pulled some roster gymnastics of his own, sending Carlos Quentin to the plate in lieu of Yonder Alonso. Quentin hit a single to left, plating Cabrera for the lead. With his LOOGY failing to get the job done, Rick Renteria sent Brian Schlitter to the mound. With a name like that, I'm not sure what Renteria was expecting. It probably wasn't a two-run double from Jedd Gyorko.
With a solid 3 run lead, the bullpen took the reins. A couple shutout innings set the stage for Huston Street, who felt like there hadn't been enough drama in the game. A leadoff walk to Anthony Rizzo set up Starlin Castro's two-run blast to center. With an appropriate sense of danger, Street retired the next three batters.
The Padres head to Arizona tomorrow, with Tyson Ross taking the mound at 5:10 PM.
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