Jesus Saves the Padres from Defeat!

The Padres came home, battered and beaten after a horrendous 1-9 road trip. The team was swept by a team that had lost 12 games in a row, in addition to going scoreless for 26 innings in New York. The Padres were a team that was desperate for a win – and they delivered.

June 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres Jesus Guzman (center) reacts after being hit by a towel with shaving cream during an interview with Fox Sports San Diego reporter Leila Rahimi (right) after a 7-1 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE

The game started off like most Padre games at Petco; the Padres had scored one run in seven innings – on an RBI groundout by Clayton Richard. All signs pointed to a low scoring outcome, that would lead to excessive complaining on social media sites. Then an amazing thing happened: The Padres delivered in the clutch.

Jesus Guzman belted his first homer of the year, a two-run shot off of Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley, to give the Padres a 3-1 lead. The Padres added some much-needed insurance in the eighth, scoring 6 runs in the inning. Cameron Maybin laced an RBI triple to center, and Maybin came around to score on a single by Carlos Quentin. The Padres added two more runs, when Nick Hundley laced a ball to right, that bounced off the glove of  Justin Upton. Two more runs scored, and the Padres did not look back.

Clayton Richard gave the Padres a solid outing, going 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run. Andrew Cashner got the win in relief, pitching a scoreless eighth. The Padres got multi-hit games from Maybin and Alexi Amarista. The Padres will send Edinson Volquez to the bump tomorrow, in search of a Padres series win.

Topics: Alexi Amarista, Cameron Maybin, Clayton Richard, Jesus Guzman, Nick Hundley

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