For most of April, the Padres have struggled, but today they descended on the Pirates like a well-trained boarding party swinging over from a fully loaded man-of-war. Drew Pomeranz didn't allow a single earned run while racking up a career-best ten strikeouts in 6.2 innings of work. He was backed by an equally strong offense. Every member of the starting lineup reached base safely, including Pomeranz, who had an RBI single. Jemile Weeks made his first at bat as a Padre meaningful. Matt Kemp went yard for the fifth time this year. Derek Norris showed signs that his struggles might be at an end, going 2-for-4 with a double.
And all that is before we even get to the showstopping performance of the defense tonight. First Adam Rosales dug out a liner past third and fired it over to first in time for the out.
Meanwhile, there are reports that police raided the clubhouse after the game to arrest Melvin Upton for this act of highway robbery.
And best of all, tonight's game didn't take four hours.
The boys go for the sweep behind James Shields at 6:10 tomorrow evening.