The Padres were on the base paths more than they're used to last night. (Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Offense Comes Up Big As Padres Drop Mets in Series Opener

Everth Cabrera was hitless since being called up from Triple-A Tucson until the last game of the Cardinals series.  Since then, he has gone 6 for 7 and is on fire.  The entire Padres offense was on fire yesterday despite a rain delay of just over an hour.

Eric Stultspitched five innings and gave up just one unearned run in the game.  The bullpen actually got hit

harder than Stults, allowing four runs including a home run to Padre Killer David Wright.

Will Venable picked up two more hits and has raised his average to .273, Yonder Alonso went 2 for 4 and is now hitting .305, and the Padres set a team high in runs and hits for the game.  The 11-5 victory was the largest offensive output of the season for the Friars and it included a little bit of everything.  Nick Hundley homered, four Padres doubled, three Padres stole bases, and the team picked up four two-out RBI.  They hit 7 for 16 with runners in scoring position.

The Padres improved to 17-29, but they are showing signs of life in some areas.  Cameron Maybin is hitting better, Yonder Alonso is absolutely the team MVP so far, and Jesus Guzman seems to have found his stroke.  Defensively, they are playing much better as well.  Last night’s game was not indicative of a team who will finally put it together and compete this year, but it was exciting for those who have had to struggle through watching the low scoring nights and poor play.  The team is also showing what it could be in a year or two.

Game two of the series is set for tonight at 4:15 PT.  Anthony Bass will take on Dillon Gee.

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