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Despite Jason Lane's effort, Padres lose to Braves 2-0

The club could not provide the run support to give Jason Lane a win in the 37 year old's first ever major start as a pitcher.

Scott Cunningham

LHP Jason Lane already pitched for the Padres earlier in the season, but today's game felt even more special. The 37 year old converted OF made his first major league start on the mound. His previous outings resulted in no earned runs and he began his milestone day by doing more of the same. His craftiness got him through 6 full innings with 0 runs scored and only 4 hits allowed. A stellar half dozen innings that should have been enough to put the Padres in a position to win.

However, the Padres bats were silenced completely for the 16th time this season. Ervin Santana was on the hill for Atlanta Braves and his slider was unstoppable. He whiffed 11 Padres to tie a career high and would go 8 innings in this game. Jason Lane could not match that sort of domination and in the 7th inning a leadoff home run by Evan Gattis gave Santana and the Braves a 1-0 lead. Lane would leave a batter later with Nick Vincent barely keeping the deficit at 1. Dale Thayer would come in for the 8th and allowed a second run. That made it all to easy for All Star closer Craig Kimbrel to finish off the Padres in the 9th.

The Padres dropped the 4 game series losing 3 of the 4 games after taking the other series of the road trip 2-1 over the Cubs. That Friars are now 3-4 since the All Star break and finish another road trip with a losing record. They will head back to San Diego this afternoon and start a homestand that begins with the St. Louis Cardinals tomorrow.

Jedd Gyorko returned from the DL to start at 2B for this game. He legged out a single for his one hit in 3 at bats. Also, for the first time this season Yangervis Solarte played a game for the Padres where he did not record a RBI or even get on base. He had done both in each of his first 5 games. Jason Lane should head back to the El Paso Chihuahuas after his excellent effort due to the club only requiring one fill-in start before Ian Kennedy returns from his oblique issue. While his outing did not lead to a win, his journey and personal performance is easily applaudable by Padres fans.

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