Padres at Giants Game Recap: Base Running, Hundley’s Big Game Help Pads to Two in a Row

Nick Hundley had a career day.  He went 4 for 4 in the game with a run scored and an RBI.  He helped the Padres keep pressure on the Giants so the team could take risks on the base paths.

Jesus Guzman stole third, Chase Headley went first to third on a single, Will Venable stole second.  It was a game of risks.  Some paid off and some didn’t.

Hundley's 4 for 4 night helped propel the Padres to a 5-3 win. (Kelley L. Cox - US PRESSWIRE)

Hundley’s double in the first inning drove home Chase Headley for the first run of the game, and the Padres built from there.  They did allow the Giants to tie the game in the bottom of the first courtesy of an Angel Pagan home run, but when San Diego re-took the lead, they never gave it up.  The Padres got the lead back in the fourth with the help of Orlando Hudson and his now-10-game hit streak.  He knocked in Nick Hundley with a single and later came around to score himself.

The Giants made it interesting by cutting the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, and that’s where it stayed until the seventh.  In the top of the seventh, Guzman’s daring swipe of third base helped the Padres take on two more runs and pad their lead.  It turned out they would need it as Buster Posey hit a solo home run in bottom of the eighth.

Cory Luebke, the streak-stopper in his previous two starts, got his third win of the season and this time was the streak extender.  In his previous two starts, Luebke was tasked with ending four-game Padres losing streaks.  Last night, he was given the chance to help the Padres to back-to-back wins for just the second time this season.

Luebke went six innings, allowed two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out three.  His ERA is now just 2.61 and he has only walked eight batters in 31 innings pitched.

Anthony Bass will battle it out with two-time Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum today at 6:05 PT.

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