After another fair pitching performance from Odrisamer Despaigne and the Padres yesterday, the Friars were unable to string together enough hits to boost their runs past one. This game marks the end of the series against the Cardinals, as the Pads approach the halfway point of their 10-game road trip, splitting things at an even 2-2.
Ian Kennedy "toed the rubber" today, having found his grove all the way back on June 13th against the Dogers. In his past 5 games, he has given up 7 earned runs (15 unearned, though), with three of these earned runs coming from today's game against the Cards. His line totaled out to those 3 earned runs in 6 innings, striking out 4 but giving up a 2-run home run and an RBI-double that would prove too much for the Padres' bats to surmount.
The lineup was shuffled in a Bud Black-ian way, with Justin Upton and Derek Norris on the bench, having Melvin Upton Jr. leading off and Jedd Gyorko in the four spot. Not much panned out for this arrangement, as Matt Kemp scored the day's only San Diegan run with an two out RBI-single. Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte were the only other Padres to get a hit today, as even pinch hitters Alexi Amarista and Norris were unable to produce.
The Friars will shoot over to Pittsburgh now, to take an important series against the Pirates. Big boys James Shields will take on A.J. Burnett. A series win here, and a series against the Rangers would do wonders to give the Padres a good attitude before heading into the All-Star break.
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