Well, that game was a marathon. Thirteen pitchers took the mound over four and a half hours.
Ian Kennedy had a weird night. He only allowed a pair of hits while striking out seven, but he also walked five in his five innings toeing the rubber. That very first walk was what got him into trouble. IPK served it up to B.J. Upton to start the game. A ground out by Tommy La Stella moved Upton to second, and Freddie Freeman got the first of those two hits to bring the run home. After that, it was shutdown city for Ian. He was still on the hook for the loss though, with Ervin Santana shutting down the Padres through six.
It was that seventh inning that got to Santana. Rene Rivera led off with a single, and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Alexi Amarista. A ground out from Everth Cabrera got him to third, but with two outs, it wasn't looking good. Enter Yangervis Solarte, who roped a single to left to tie things up. Solarte got to third himself on a single from Seth Smith. After Jedd Gyorko walked to load the bases, Santana got yanked in favor of Jordan Walden. That didn't work out so well for the Braves, with Solarte scoring on a wild pitch.
The lead didn't last long. Kevin Quackenbush issued a one-out single to Jason Heyward. Heyward went to second on a wild pitch, and then scored on a single by Chris Johnson. The game would stay tied at two until the twelfth inning. There were certainly some close calls in the meantime. Dale Thayer had some trouble in the tenth, giving up a leadoff double to Heyward. He managed to escape unscathed by retiring the next three batters, including a huge strikeout. Tim Stauffer nearly lost the game in the twelfth, loading the bases with nobody out. A textbook double play caught the runners at home and first, and a ground out wrapped things up.
Solarte walked to start the bottom of the inning and reached second a wild pitch. Gyorko walked, and then Chris Nelson did the same. That brought Will Venable to the plate. A line drive over Heyward's head ended the game and gave the Padres their second series win in a row.
Tyson Ross will take on former Padre Aaron Harang at 1:10 PM tomorrow. Get your brooms ready, folks!
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