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Kinsler (!) leads potent Padres offense to 11-2 win over Braves

The Padres managed to split their road series with the Braves after a big win on Thursday afternoon.

San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves
Offensive threat Ian Kinsler
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Well, this is awkward...

I’ve spent a lot of time and energy bashing Ian Kinsler’s complete lack of offense this season. After getting two hits yesterday (with some gaffes on the basepaths to even things out), the San Diego Padres veteran second baseman decided to destroy the Atlanta Braves with his bat today.

I bet Ted Leitner gave that one a hearty “BYE-BYE!”

Kinsler wasn’t done...

And once the rest of the Padres realized they were being outhit by a guy with a .151 batting average before the game, they woke up...

TEN runs in TWO innings

You read that right.

The fifth inning was a fun one. The Padres scored 5 runs and only Kinsler (yup, him again) got something bigger than a single.

The 6th inning started with a lineout, a Kinsler double (yes, again), and a strikeout. The next four hitters went double-single-triple-homer. That’s one way to get a rally going.

Strahm the stud

Here’s a weird stat:

Yup, no big deal. Just Matt Strahm being Greg Maddux-like.

Since his disastrous first start, here’s what Strahm has done:

  • 5 IP, 1 ER
  • 5 IP, 0 ER
  • 8 IP, 1 ER
  • 6 IP, 2 ER
  • 6 IP, 2 ER

Five consecutive quality starts is nice, and Strahm probably could’ve gone 7 or 8 innings today but there was no reason to push him with such a big lead.

It’s time to start talking about Strahm like he’s one of the 2 best starters in the rotation. He’s proving it every time he gets on the mound lately.