A slimy Los Angeles crowd was treated to dominant Padres pitching, tense bases-loaded innings, and a run-happy San Diego lineup. A single earned run off the talented Jesse Hahn and a couple from new bullpen addition Blaine Boyer would be all that the Friars conceded tonight. Meanwhile, the Padres' bats were firing on all cylinders.
An RBI single in the bottom of the first from Matt Kemp snuck through in an otherwise dominant perfromance from Hahn. Boyer would relieve Hahn in the 7th and give up a pair from terrible-baserunner Yasiel Puig in the form of an RBI double, and a sac fly from San Diego homeboy Adrian Gonzalez.
After a 2-run night yesterday the Dodgers were treated to Jesse's 6IP, 3H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 SO tonight. Win #5 for the kid and another cog in the scary Padres starting rotation.
Things kicked off for the Friars in the top of the 2nd. Alexi Amarista lifted his signature pop-fly home run into a very shallow spot over the right field fence. This plated Will Venable who got to first on a drop third strike handled poorly by the Doyers.
Going all the way to the fifth, RBI-doubles from Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin brought two more runs home. Dan Haren would be replaced faster than a white shirt with a stain on it, leaving the Padres up 4-1.
The Friar faithful would have to wait all the way to the sixth inning before getting to see Quentin return to the plate and punish new relief effort Jamey Wright with a bases loaded single. Q knocked in Jesse Hahn, who got on through a fielders choice, and Seth Smith who was walked intentionally after Wright gave up.
Despite an ugly 7th from Boyer giving up two late runs, and a very scary 8th after Joaquin Benoit worked his way out of a tense bases-loaded situation, the Padres were able to wrap up the night with an arms-length lead. Bullpen ace Huston Street made a guest appearance to restart his save streak, handling the Dodgers like they were petulant children.
Tomorrow Ian Kennedy will pick up where San Diego left off tonight and ensure at least a 2 out of 4 series for the Pads.
Roll Call Info
C Callahan, Friar Fever, Hormel, abara, daveysapien, jbox, podpeople
A few GLB'rs were active tonight. abara and Hormel collected recs.
Hormel for a solid "Hammerista" pun. Good on ya.