July is starting pretty great for the San Diego Padres. First beating the Yankees at home, now beating the Diamondbacks at theirs. Some not-so-great starts yesterday and today, but the Padres offense made sure that didn't matter this time around.
Colin Rea got rocked a bit tonight. he only lasted 4 and and two-thirds of an inning. He allowed a home run in the 3rd, and gave up 4 runs total, summed up through 8 hits and 3 walks and only 4 strikeouts. By the end of his start his pitch count was up to 97 pitches, and Jose Dominguez provided some scoreless relief.
The rest of the bullpen; Brad Hand, Kevin Quackenbush, and Matt Thorton all did their duty of keeping the lead. Matt Thorton gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th, but by then the Padres were looking at nearly a 10-run lead, making it all inconsequential.
The Friar offense was on straight fire today. Wil Myers, Matt Kemp, and Yangervis Solarte all had multi-hit performances. Solarte knocked in 5 of the 13 Padres runs with a single, double, and home run. A triple shy of an RBI-cycle.
Ryan Schimpf also had a multi-hit night. His multiple hits were both home runs, his third and fourth of the season already.
He also showed off his defensive skills with a slick play at second base.
Hits and runs galore for the Padres translates into another series win. July is shaping up to be another good offensive month for the Padres, with both halves of the lineup putting in work. The Friars will try to ride this hit train into the All-Star break, traveling to Dodger Stadium next.
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