After a sloppy sweep in San Fran, the Padres made an effort to finish out the season strong against a different division opponent in their house. Tonight the Pads took the final series they had in Chase field in a close 4-3 final. They outscored the Snakes 18-12, and saw some above-average pitching from our starters.
Andrew Cashner has been somewhat of a mystery this season. With an ERA well over 4, his September has not been something to write home about. Today wasn't much of a gem from Cash, but it was enough to get the good guys a 'W'. He went a full 7 innings, only giving up 3 earned runs on a 2-run single and a solo HR. He struck out a healthy 6, and only walked two. His 7 hits in 7 innings kept the Friars in the game.
With Cash holding things down on the mound, Matt Kemp single-handedly negated the entire Diamondbacks offense with the swing of his bat. His 22 home run of the season came in the top of the fifth, where he took Robbie Ray yard and plopped a 3-run HR into the seats of dining Diamondbacks fans.
This only came after Cory Spangenberg led off the scoring with a crisp RBI-single, making Matt Kemp's home run just another go-ahead RBI in the pile.
The bullpen kept its pants clean, and the collective effort of Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel shut down the Dbacks allowing only one hit and striking out 5 altogether to end the night.
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